Tutors: Pip Dickens, Beth Harland & Emma Rose
My practice gravitates around the elevation of overlooked phenomena through the playful illusion of trompe l’oeil. I am particularly interested in the ‘eureka moment’ that is elicited upon the spectator’s realisation that what they are looking at is in fact a meticulous, hand rendered simulation of the object. Conceptually, I am fascinated by finding beauty in the mundane, as well as exploring aspects of human weakness that ignite conflicting sensations. I have experimented with the boundaries of mimetic painting, removing it from the canvas entirely in order to further challenge the viewer’s perception of reality. One manifestation of this has been to eliminate the background entirely, utilising glass frames to yield a multifaceted outcome. The relationship between representation and reality is interdependent, with my work being just as much about exposing actuality as it is about concealing it. Infusing traditional formulas with contemporary inspiration, I hope to create a disorientating yet aesthetically enriching experience through the deception of the eye.