Degree: Fine Art with History of Art (International)
University: University of Leeds
Graduation Year: 2020
My practice centres around the idea of documentation, working with imagery from memory and sketches. Primarily, I use motifs associated with still life painting. I place objects on tables, or in a kind of non-space (often singling out isolated objects) and consider their existence and how I can form a narrative from that object. The exact location is not what interests me about the space, instead I focus my artistic choices on things more abstract. I recount my imagery often from memory or studies of a place in my past and bring them into the present, into my paintings. Of course, in life, recounts of thoughts are often hazy, so I aim for this in my recreations. Colours are imperfect, perspectives inaccurate. Alongside painting, I also produce prints which aid the final paintings. I originally began printmaking as a way of loosening my mark making, to assert a new confidence with each mark. With print, every little mark is final. This notion is so important to my practice, for I want every detail to be seen. My self-portraying practice should allow for these moments in which the artist can be seen. I then take these thoughts to my paintings. By scratching in, redacting, repainting, reworking, the process becoming just as important, if not more so, than the final outcome. The work is equally about its process. Every decision is conscious, bold, aware that is will be permanent. I consider this permanence and decisiveness in being an extension of how I think objects and saves look. It acts as a way of showcasing the importance of human perception to create a more personal and representational recreation of something that exists in the world. Repetitions occur throughout my practice. The same motifs will creep in, lend themselves to a new scape of my imagination. Patterns reoccur, objects reoccur. It creates a familiarity, a comfort, for repetition can act as a kind of therapy, in replaying and reproducing the same notions over and over.
2020, Simmer, University of Leeds, Leeds
2019, HomeTurf, University of Leeds, Leeds
2019, Open Studio, Epreskert, Hungarian University of Fine Arts
2018, Weight and Wonder, LadyBeck, Leeds