Many of my works are painted on circular substrates. It's nothing to do with "trends" and circles can arguably no longer be seen as trendy since they have appeared alongside their rectangular and square cousins in the New Zealand art scene for a long period now. It's a lot more complex than that for me.
Firstly, I think abstractly - I'm a "think outside the square" kind of person so it seems natural that I'd be drawn to something that's a literal manifestation of that.
In earlier works I used a lot of dotting which was symbolic of my vision of a subject imprinted on a work - a representation of my pupil if you like imprinted on the surface and an acknowledgement of the very subjective nature of painting. It was suggestive of the atomic nature of everything and my endeavour to capture the very essence and energy of my muse. The circular substrate reinforces this idea too - that what I'm depicting is very personal to me and my experience of the subject, story or feeling I try to convey when working in the studio.
Perhaps there's a kind of "Galilean" undercurrent too ... everything I experience is based on my presence on this round earth, so the ideas that emanate from my terrestrial time are referenced on a globe. That's not to say my art practice doesn't have a spiritual component because at times I truly feel a divine connection as I work and there have been many deadlines or challenges I've met due to the assistance from the spiritual world.
When I look at rectangular works or square shapes it also feels like the sides "limit" or confine a work - that somehow I'm not seeing "around the corner" - I'm left wanting for what lies beyond those four lines. Perhaps that mystery or hunger for more is a good thing.
A circle on the other hand can have this wondrous feeling of wholeness and completion which I find very satisfying.
I have done some works on square shapes and it did feel "radical" and challenging which was good for me artistically and I had a good response to those pieces which was a bonus. So I have some naked squares and rectangles waiting in my studio currently which I will commune with soon. I imagine circles will always remain a constant in my work however and no doubt they'll be joined by other fluid forms in the future.