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My body of work explores my experience and feelings of solitude with both landscapes and cityscapes. Photography remained a key medium through all of my pieces, either as a base or as features. Most of my pieces were representations of photos taken while traveling by family members or myself. Many of the pieces present in the exhibition are connected to my own identity. From the representations of the places I have lived that have changed my view of the world and its cultures, to the feelings and emotions that have impacted my life greatly, I depicted the relation to oneself with the vastness of an environment, or how one can be surrounded by life and still feel isolated.

While the overall theme of my work is solitude and giving a material form to an emotion, one set of my work focuses on cityscapes and man-made infrastructures. I was greatly inspired by realist painter Edward Hopper when making my piece Hollow, which portrays solitude through the cut out of my silhouette enveloped by photographs taken the last three years while traveling. For my most ambitious piece, New York Nostalgia, I worked with 2 point perspective so the audience would feel as if looking at the city from the roof of another building. This piece was a reminiscence of my time spent in New York and how even while being at the heart of the city, between skyscrapers, someone can feel isolated and alone. I went outside of my comfort zone for this piece and worked with materials and processes which were new to me, such as sand.

For my second set of work, I have tested and experimented with many techniques ranging from sculpting clay, to collage and painting on different surfaces using forks, pallet knives and even straw. The painting Hakone is especially representative of these techniques as I used materials such as straw along with processes such as sgraffito, impasto and wet on wet.

This piece is a continuation of previous similar pieces but what makes it different is the incorporation of the Japanese “torii” which adds to the feeling of loneliness and anonymity to the painting. The greatest influence for this set of work is German neo expressionist painter and sculptor Anselm Kiefer.

My work is exhibited on a linear wall, divided in three sections naturally by columns. I was able to use the height of the wall and align paintings vertically to create another but more elongated triptych. I then divided the sections by color, with monochrome sepia and brown artworks on one side and colorful paintings on the other. Because I was placed by the entrance, the horizontal lines of the triptychs lead the audience through my body of work. My largest piece, New York Nostalgia can be seen from an open area of the exhibition, to better view the entire product and also has an impact from a distance. The space allowed me to keep every piece in its own space, thus the display of my exhibition leads the viewer through each piece and section until the end.

Thus, my aim for this exhibit is to show how the use of anonymous atmospheres and silhouettes can emphasize and underline the sentiment of solitude that can be felt in the city and nature, and I hope that the viewer can understand the emotion of aloneness in my work. The audience can observe my pieces from multiple angles and distances, thus allowing them to either feel like being inside the piece or an outsider looking in. Everyone feels solitude and loneliness differently, but my goal was to find a way to portray how my experience with it felt. I also wished to depict the places that influenced my upbringing and whose landscapes influenced the backgrounds for my artworks.



Hollow (February 2021)

Wood, satin paper photos, posca pen

170cm x 80cm

Hollow recreates the idea of feeling empty and solitude. Inspired by Rene Magritte’s 1966 La Decalcomanie and the idea of working with silhouettes through which we can see something else. I used my photographs taken while traveling, taken from all across the world, they represent the passing of time and the paralysis of solitude. I then edited and changed to sepia monochrome to unify them and draw focus on the silhouette. The white lines loosely resemble DNA and represent the passing of time.



New York Nostalgia (December 2021)

Wood, cardboard, paper

300 x 40 cm each

New York Nostalgia was inspired by the city I grew up in and influenced by Henri Cartier-Bresson’s photographs of Manhattan. The idea of a triptyque was a way to elongate the piece and let the viewer imagine what belongs in between each panel. Charles Sheeler’s painting Canyons, was another inspiration for the backdrop as I worked on 2 point perspective. Because of the various textures, the perspective is almost lost. This piece was the most ambitious and time consuming in body of work.



112th Broadway (May 2021)

Wood, acrylic

115cm x 81cm

112th Broadway is a continuation of my previous work with representing solitude. This piece is a photograph taken in New York City in 2018. Using a photograph that was present in my previous piece was important because it linked the artworks together in theme and medium. It was inspired by Anselm Kiefer’s work in its technique, which is painting over photos even though our outcomes are different. The walking man and face show solitude in the streets, even when there are people around.



Street signs and Graffiti (December 2020)

Acrylic paint on canvas

30x24 cm

I named this painting Street signs and Graffiti because it represents the contrast between street art and practical art. Street art is illegal and can be found anywhere and in any form, however practical art such as signs like TABAC are all made the same and have one purpose: to advertise the location of a tobacco store. I wanted to represent both the iconic red and white sign as well as street art. Robert Cottingham’s work inspired me to use vibrant colors and try different fonts and writings.



Chapelle St Marcel (March 2021)


65 x 40 cm

Chapelle Saint Marcel is a completely unique piece as it was a test of many painting techniques. I chose to represent one of my pictures of a field just outside an abandoned chapel. This piece made use of a fork, a paint knife and the back of the paintbrush to scrape the paint in order to make the wheat and the treeline. For the sky, wet on wet was the technique employed to create the sense of depth and contrast of light and dark. The finished product reminds me of Anselm Kiefer’s work.



Hakone (February 2022)


70 x 49 cm

Hakone was painted from a photograph taken by my mother in 2010. This piece is a continuation of the previous acrylic pieces as they each represent an important location. This is the only one that has a trace of human presence and the Japanese “torii” is the only colorful object because I wanted to draw attention towards this “gate”. Though none of the acrylic paintings are a series, the flow through the monochrome colors and empty atmosphere link them.



Hong Kong (February 2022)


40 x 70 cm

Hong Kong was originally a picture, which I copied onto paper using the same sgraffito and impasto techniques as the other paintings in my body of work. Working with thick layers of paint or wet on wet allowed me to limit my color palette and still separate each element of the background and foreground. Similarly to Chapelle St Marcel it is the German neo expressionist painter Anselm Kiefer whose painting Lilith influenced my decision to use only black, yellow and white for this piece.



Ireland skies (September 2021)

Acrylic on canvas

136 x 100 cm

Ireland Skies was inspired by my photograph of an empty and desolate landscape. The contrast between the stormy skies and the land is emphasized with the brusque layering of acrylic with a pallet knife. Jackson Pollock was the initial inspiration for the sky, with flicked paint, however as the piece evolved my work showed similarities with German artist Anselm Kiefer. This piece resembles his Noah, with a dark representation of a cloudy sky and the layering of paint to create rough texture.



Waves (November 2020)

Ceramic, oxides, glaze

25x18x8 cm

I named this piece Waves because I was inspired by ocean waves and Jean Arp’s work. I liked that waves were infinite and never ending and the smoothness of Jean Arp’s sculptures. I wished to show the world under the Seine after showing the riverbanks in my previous pieces. Building my sculpture I tried to make it sleek like Arp’s work. I used the scoring and sticking technique to stick the slabs together. Working with clay made the process time sensitive and therefore more of a challenge.