The surface of this work is built up of multiple layers of thin paint. The transparency of the layers makes them partly reveal what came before, and thus gives the painting a sense of time. It also gives the colours a flickering quality, and the painting a certain lightness. The composition gives allusions to architecture. The mint coloured areas may resemble windows, being framed by the black around them, referencing the historical view of paintings being windows into another world.
This painting displays a tension between disintegration and unification. The open, fragmented nature of the orange areas makes them resemble old textiles, falling apart over time. They are held together by the narrow bands running across the work, like stitches. The colour contrast between the warm orange and the cold blue and purple creates an illusion of pictorial depth. The thick, lumpy nature of the light grey area counterbalances this depth, as it draws attention to the materiality of the paint, and the painting’s nature as an object.
This painting combines the gestural and the graphic. It juxtaposes areas of thick paint with exposed primed canvas and traces of the drawing underneath, creating a tension, but also a balance between the two. The composition is made up of two colour fields either meeting or being torn apart. Something new is exposed behind them. While the yellow areas appear close, due to their warm colour and expressive brushstrokes, the purple appears far away. This gives the painting clear pictorial depth.