I make paintings of fictive spaces which have the potential to appear as architecture, but in a way that is isolated, and slightly out of reach, as if seen through half closed eyes or glanced at quickly.
I think of them as daydreams, alternative spaces, illogical, and usually impossible to navigate. I am interested in thinking about spaces which fold back on themselves, reflect, repeat, disintegrate. Spaces which you can enter and leave but which have no beginning or end. They appear insubstantial, simultaneously suggesting imminence and disappearance, and offering escape from the weight of the object world.
The paintings explore the interplay between the illusion of real space, the grid, which often exists as a fragment, and the surface and structure of the support. The flatness of the surface and the limits of the painting are brought into play by the use of a frame, and a shallow space, which operates almost in relief. Through the use of layers, repetition, and uncertainty, space is negotiated and time is gradually accumulated.
April Virgoe studied painting at the Royal College of Art and is a senior lecturer in fine art at Leeds Arts University. In 2017 she exhibited work in exhibitions at NoFormat Gallery, London; Air Gallery, Manchester; Bankley Gallery, Manchester; Small World, PS Mirabel, Manchester; Painting [Now] Studio One Gallery, London. Other recent exhibitions include Lost and Found, Grimsby 2016, Utopia/Dystopia, Bath 2016, Scarborough Prison Drawing Project 2016.