For the Chagrin series, Lydia has broken completely away from pixellation, the neat placing of shapes, the grid formations and the quest for harmony.
All sense of order has been broken down – a direct response to what is happening in the economic, political and natural world around us. There is a new age disorder and her paintings are intended to disarm. First she lays down a serene, calm background – blending colours and setting an idyllic scene. Then the storm comes, as she uses sharp scrapes, streaks, smudges and spinning rings. Contrasting colours are laid down in thick impasto scrapes.
It results in alien scenes, howls in paint.
The great John Hoyland died during the painting of this series. Chagrin is dedicated to his memory.