‘Physical Thinking’ continues MIranda Skoczek’s Formalist and Colourist approaches to art. The paintings center on the pure physicality and alchemy of painting, channeling the modern philosophy of ‘art for art’s sake. The artist divests the work of preconceived narratives and fixed meanings, carving open an aesthetic space where sensuality and temporality converge. Together, these new paintings represent a coalescence of dualities: abstraction and representation; the everyday and the whimsical; antiquity and modernity; shiny and matte; raw and refined. Working in the tradition of automatic painting, the artist builds the works organically, mark by mark, without any preconceived ideas. In this way, the paintings metonymically act as material fragments of Skoczek’s mind, translating a multitude of visual stimuli from sources like Instagram, the Internet, books and magazines. One such fount of inspiration for this series was the paper cuts of the Otomi tribe in Mexico, their naïve, semi-representational aesthetic guiding Skoczek’s abstraction. Opulent layers of paint build a tension that both obscures and illuminates her elusive subjects. Subtle hints of a floor, wall or ceiling, for example, precipitate elusive imaginings of a room or building. Ultimately, in her endless search for beauty, Skoczek creates a meditative, visual world that appeals as much to the eye as it does to the mind.