Both Urban boundaries and the boundaries of painting are explored in Kristen Leydon’s work ‘Urban Pattern’. The language of painting is employed but with references to sculpture and even drawing. Urban structure is reinterpreted into an aesthetic allowing imagery we normally associate with urban life to be seen from a new perspective. Kristen’s ‘Urban Pattern’ artwork is as much about paint, materiality and the act of painting as it is about the ‘Urban’ theme. 

Kristen is known for her unique painting process that presents the paint without any conventional support such as canvas or paper. Some of her past work has been described as large painted stickers but retaining all the surface morphology of a traditional painted surface. They can be attached quickly to urban architecture just like a graffiti artist does but can be quickly removed without leaving damage. By removing conventionally expected supports her work begins to challenge the boundaries between drawing, painting and sculpture and compositional negative space is no longer limited by the rectangular limits of a canvas support. The shift between two and three dimensions in her work also plays with these boundaries. Normally her paint is attached directly onto and in dialogue with the architecture of the exhibition space but this was not possible in this exhibition space. Despite this Kristen has still sought in this exhibition to employ the architectural space as a compositional device. Often her works or components within her works are extremely fragile even ephemeral challenging the anathema of conventional belief systems that art like Urban structures needs to last.