Abstraction consists in stating a shape, with that statement trumping any other. This series aims to give dance an opportunity to make this pictorial statement. In other aspects of my work, I have sought to move away from shapes, focusing instead on blur, and on the all over. Here, however, shape is back, in its purest, most absolute form. A pristine white background show off pure gestural allegories (a reference to the collaboration of Fabienne Verdier with James Nares).

Just as Bachelard referred to the beginnings of abstraction as‘aspiration to make a fresh start, in art and in everthing else’, so these paintings are a (re)birth of abstract form. A hundred years after those beginnings, they also aim to redefine its boundaries