Françoise Sullivan considers her talents to be best described in painting and dance. These mediums allow her process a flexible structure, which in turn holds on to the spontaneous gesture central to creativity. The moment of creation for Sullivan remains active as the marks or steps involved are being expressed. The border between artist, object and audience is not completely formed, and therefore leaves room for exploration and emotions to seep out between known boundaries.
For Sullivan, each series of paintings envelops their own palette. Each work is a study of the interactions of loose strokes of colour, the events of the moment and the artist’s imagination. She describes her choice of colours as coming to her and "feeling right" at the time she begins to paint.
In her series of paintings, Song, we see her boldly partnering blacks, browns, yellows and pinks that become part of a trail that leads us deeper into her painting process. Her monochromes and other reductive abstractions manage to create nuances and variations that reinvigorate the genre. In Song, she has created a variety of shapes and a combination of marks that challenge our perception of form and process. One field of colour emerges from another, generating personal associations that are then drawn back to the unifying dominant feature of the works - a warm, supple yellow hue.
Sullivan’s repertoire of shapes, which move across the middle of the picture plane or creep toward the edge, are given a distinct presence by small, almost hidden forms that emerge on the canvas. These restrained, but energized brush strokes create the most assertive, formal element of Sullivan’s paintings and this series continues with this understated yet poised, painterly quality. Subtle differences of hue, value and tone allow her marks to be boldly declarative and yet, simultaneously paradoxically, softly enigmatic.