Degree: BA Fine Art: Painting and Drawing
University: The University of Chichester
Graduation Year: 2020
Naked. A different kind of beautiful. My art practice is about relationships - between the physical body and internal thought. The relationship between myself, the author of the art presented, and my audience, you. The relationship between the hapticity of paint application and the subject of the female form. My paintings represent composite figures, creating a togetherness out of the way the parts add up to the sense of the form of a whole body. I want to suggest that whilst we should celebrate the unique characteristics of each body and the individual aspects of our different experiences, but we should also highlight our collective connection. As a contemporary female artist, I am interested in the female body as subject and owner, as both a lived reality and as a link to the issues imposed on our sense of body image by societal constructs. I am interested in how I can create art that offers a platform for discussion. I combine the intense visuality of oil paint and the intimacy of recorded conversations to produce a sensory installation that heightens the immersive experience and stimulates an interactive response. Whether this response is internal or participatory, I want to provoke thought about the impact that the media and society have on the construction of what it is to be a woman and to be identified as and with a woman’s body. The quotes below, from influential artists, express my intentions to use oil painting and audio medium to create this thought-provoking feminist installation.
“Flesh is the reason oil paint was invented” -Willem de Kooning 1950
“A communal experience in the sense of standing together in silence is very special. It’s people just quietly adsorbing a presence in the space” -Bill Viola 2008