Degree: BA Painting
University: Camberwell College of Arts
Graduation Year: 2020
My work explores moments of noticing and looking in the context of making paintings. I look to find appreciation and sensitivity in something as mundane as a bathroom window, then confront the canvas and engage in a laborious encounter with the material to amplify and augment these moments.
With a fervent fixation in noticing the beauty and richness of shadows in my personal surroundings, I like to navigate different modes of painting, in pursuit of an endless search to find ways of creating new textures and depth with my materials. Forcing wet acrylic paint to recede into the weft and weaves of raw linen; replacing the applied brush mark with the tooth of the fabric as the new textural property. Fifteen coats of gesso on board, a velvety surface topped with lush, wet brush marks built up and broken down, pushed and pulled to animate the space that has succumbed to the darkness of shadows.
Null of any human presence, I like to believe the shadows and specks of light entertain the space as characters. Dazzling and glinting around the grass and trees, a single warm lamp burning in a house that lies asleep in the twilight, a slit of light from the bedroom door crawling at your feet like a high tide caused by that moon. It’s interesting how the fleeting movement of light can utterly change the dynamic of atmosphere, like how one brush stroke can make or break a painting.
2019, New Camberwell Art, Camberwell College of Art, London
2019, Merge, CGP Gallery, London
2019, Lazy Susan's Sizzling Prism, Safehouse 1, London
2019, That's Good Enough, Let's Do It, Safehouse 2, London
2019, Dig The New Breed, Garden of Reflection, Derry