Kaye McGarva's paintings have an uncanny ability to draw you in. Although decidedly abstract, the works offer suggestions for more representational readings. The spray paint technique can appear at times to be almost pointillistic, whilst in another work she modulates the spray to a fine mist, achieving a heightened level of realism. Following on from Abstract Expressionism and Op Art, McGarva's work actively addresses the viewer on a subconscious level
"I describe my work as playing with shadows. A process I developed allows me to capture the shadows that fall across crumpled surfaces, locking them in to a specific moment in time and space. My work seeks to highlight the subjective nature of vision, how what we see is coloured by our previous experience. I am also interested in the physical sensations that can occur when our subconscious registers something looking familiar but strange".