Degree: BA Fine Art
University: Nottingham Trent University
Graduation Year: 2020
Immediately eye catching, Saunderson’s work is designed to draw you in. Playing with bold colour and geometric shapes, her influences range from Brutalist architecture to the desire to create dream-like alternate realities. The new spaces that her work provides are designed to be invitations to indulge in slowness and give an environment for considered thought. She likes to push past the boundaries of just paint and create larger installation pieces that include furniture, where the audience is compelled to stop and sit amongst her work. However, her paintings alone still achieve this objective. She explores transparency through both painted panels and more organic inked shapes which cause her work to become increasingly multi-layered. These touches having a softening affect, showing her desire to reduce sensory overload, and gives more space for the viewer’s mind to muse on their individual thoughts. Mesmerising, her work unfolds before you.
I enquire into colour, line and form through an expanded painting practice. Experienced places act as vehicles to incite early mark making, before memory and intuition controls the direction of the work. Often, I begin by deconstructing the highly rationalised visual language of architecture, to reconfigure and invent new spaces to navigate through.
Hard-edged geometric forms oppose layered transparencies that operate as veils, either illuminating or masking the process. Concerned with slow looking, my paintings are machines for thinking. They react to our fleeting digital experiences by slowing down the labourer and observer; halting the hammering of imagery and constant sensory overload, to facilitate a protected, undisturbed interlude for thinking. Forms sit on, touch, interact.
2020, Dot-Dot-Dash, Surface Gallery, Nottingham
2020, XANADU, Bonington Studios, Nottingham
2020, Internal Competition for the Freelands Painting Prize, Bonington Atrium, Nottingham
2020, The Space Between, Twitchel Gallery, Nottingham
2019, ANON Open Discussion and Exhibition, One Thoresby Street, Nottingham
2018, International Travel Scholarship for Fine Art Research in Chandigarh, India, Nottingham Trent University
2017, Progression Prize, Falmouth University