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Artist Statement: 

 

My practice consists of vibrant oil paintings which focus on the use of materiality to breathe life into their narratives. Textiles, embroidery, light-altering mediums, glitter, crystals, gold leaf and polymer clay embellish the exuberant paintings making them sparkle and shimmer from different angles. They invite the viewer to look closer to discover details and immerse in their playfulness. This is in a bid to blur the line between craftsmanship and artistry and to create the sense of opulence seen historically through textiles techniques that have adorned clothing, bedding, accessories and tapestries. It is a reflection of our innate seduction by the luscious and exquisite. Our magpie instincts. The use of materiality enhances the work with a new, whimsical dimension and creates a separate entity for the art to exist within. Iridescence, decadence and an almost grotesque richness embody these works. 

 

The paintings themselves indulge in the liberation of imagination and draw inspiration from poetry and fairy tales, human obsession with collection and curation, the Pre-Raphaelites and Romantics and the gaudy, psychedelic qualities we can find in the natural world. They especially focus on the awe, terror and beauty of the Sublime in nature, the beasts that exist within it, and its ability to energise emotions that transcend the human experience. 

 

“The everlasting universe of things
Flows through the mind, and rolls its rapid waves,
Now dark—now glittering—now reflecting gloom—
Now lending splendour, where from secret springs
The source of human thought its tribute brings” 

‘Mont Blanc’ by Percy Shelley

 

There is also a thread of horror vacui (Latin for the fear of empty space), which is emulated in each piece. The subject matter permeates and congests each surface leaving little space for the works to breath. This aids their lavish and gluttonous over-ripe qualities creating decadent undertones in contrast to the alluring objects and creatures. It is especially relevant when painting the natural world, as Artistole said “nature abhors an empty space.” The work exaggerates and twists the real world into a fictional, fantastical form of escapism. 

 

My next project plans to move away from some of these themes slightly and enter a more kitsch and fanciful world, inspired by Victorian imagery, which plays on nostalgia, naivety and the transition from innocence to experience. A sickly-sweet affair harbouring dark undertones. I will be playing with theatrically immature depictions of idyllic life, adorned with collectors’ items full of faux sentimentality, and scattered with lost treasures filled with ghosts. There may also be some love letters from a long forgotten valentines… with this series I will distort bad taste to make it beautiful!