Thursday, 31 January 2013

January painting.

Ambiguous narratives. Had a few interesting comments from other people today.. someone asked if the square paintings were of my family. and another person said they really liked the rectangular one, that it had a nostalgia, from their own childhood memories.
These were great because the images they saw, which I painted, had a warmth and familiarity to them, as if the people were real. BUT they weren't were they. They were actors. From adverts.
The other day whilst watching TV, I tried writing down the dialogue from adverts as a kind of sound drawing. But they spoke to fast, and went by so quickly I couldn't keep up, I only caught phrases and words

Saturday, 19 January 2013


So Blogspot won't let me upload photos to my posts recently...
Artist Statement for Rising Stars Open Call Competition:

Currently studying Fine Art at Undergraduate level, I feel my practice is constantly evolving and naturally developing into a more concrete form of producing artwork. However, there is a constant throughout my creative development, which is my need to paint and express myself onto canvas.
Conceptually, my painting derives imagery from advertising. By appropriating these images and translating them into painting, my work questions the falsities behind the visual and manipulative world of advertising and the media. It is the solidarity of painting compared to the ephemerality of the original fleeting image which makes the paintings significant. I am interested in how the public or ‘spectators’ are influenced, and affected socially by advertising and consumer society, which I want to explore through my painting.

I use a simplified and painterly, almost graphic style of painting. This highlights the physicality of the paint, loose brush strokes breathing a new lease of life into the flattened images. The narratives formed within the paintings are ambiguous, yet the characters and settings have a feeling of familiarity. The disconnection and change of context breaks the original meaning, encouraging people to question the importance of the image in the world around them.