30 x 30 cm | 11 x 11 in
Original painitng in oil on linen canvas.
"This painting focusses on the dress of a lady in a 17th Century portrait. The lady has been removed entirely from the canvas, all that remains is the space where her body was, the painting was never abut her: it was about her status- her clothes. Here the dress becomes the message."
Helen Latham’s paintings focus on the 21st-century self – how do we relate to each other in a culture saturated by superficiality? Latham imbues her paintings with emotion through the careful use of colour and form. Art, as Latham shows, has a peculiar power to provoke emotion and it is what critic Clive Bell, in 1914, explained is the “aesthetic emotion”, the essential difference between art and all other objects. In Latham’s imagery, colour is used to affect an emotional response, and spatial devices are used to evoke a sense of belonging or alienation in the image’s narrative. In turn, each painting conjures memory to invoke empathy and contemplation of the self in direct relation to the other.