Tutors: Pip Dickens, Beth Harland & Emma Rose
My current practice portrays the conflict of the mind which is presented through the contrasting elements of adding and removing thick, impasto oil paint from the canvas. The use of the stark coloured line adds the idea of isolation to the figures portrayed. The concept of displacement is important in my works, as figures frequently appear offset in bare, minimalist settings drawing upon ideas of fragmentation of persona in an undefinable space, which suggests a certain psychological intensity.
Some studies feature abstract blocks; suggestions of ceilings, doors or windows. I allow the viewer to recognise some qualities of the domestic but not be
totally familiar with what these obscure blocks represent. Furthermore, my practice makes reference to Cyber Feminism in relation to the “Cyborg”. This is suggested by the stance of the figures as they appear artificial, unnatural and stiff, an intended contrast to nudes painted throughout history which depict women very differently. I ultimately explore the familiarity of the female nude and the domestic yet recreate these qualities and present them in an ambiguous space, or rather the imaginary.