Degree: BA Fine Art
University: Falmouth University
Graduation Year: 2018
My practice is focused on the subject of childhood. Children’s manic activity, unsuspected anger and fits of violent hysteria - juxtaposed to their ostensible innocence - reveal to us the dark and transient character of morals and the fragile birth of identity. These features are of interest to me and to my work. My practice could be looked at as the relationship between stillness and movement relating to the forced conformity of childhood which contrasts against a child’s absolute freedom. The daily life of a child is one defined by regiments of enforced behaviour; a child has almost no meaningful agency and yet their naiveté (which I would argue is subtly different from innocence in the way that there is less a connotation of purity) gives them freedom and an Eden-like shamelessness. I attempt to explore this dichotomy in my work. I am interested in the process of painting from a photograph, this has been an extremely important influence on my work which is manifested in my minimal colour palette reminiscent of black and white photography. The compulsion to paint from photo-images opens theoretical questions to my practice of painting from the flat perspective of the camera, yet not truly succumbing to photorealism. This approach to the painted image is fascinating and reflects the fragile transformation from image to canvas and the almost ineffable emergence of the Sublime. Working from photographic or filmic image allows for something that I cannot grasp or control to pass into my paintings, which engenders an ambiguity in my work that is very important to me.
2018 Degree Show, Falmouth UK
2017 Group exhibition, The Poly Falmouth, UK
2015 Group exhibition, café NOD Prague, CZ
2014 Group exhibition, The Chemistry Gallery Prague CZ