May


 

 

 

 

Under pressure - May

Under pressure (March 2020)

Digital photograph, glass tank, water

25 x 30 x 30 cm

In Under pressure a figure is propped against a dusty glass sheet, creating an illusion of an underwater environment. The figure is placed in water to enhance distortion and create a feeling of suffocation. The distorted face is used to shock and challenge the established notions of beauty. The use of accentuated makeup depicts the hiding of inner torment. I was inspired by Julia Lehman's Scream, a photograph which shows a woman screaming underwater, being unheard as silence surrounds her.

Under pressure - May
Under pressure - May

 

 

Pretty Hurts - May

Pretty Hurts (October 2019)

Digital Photograph series

10 x 15 cm (x3)

Pretty Hurts is a series of 3 photographs in which a figure with accentuated makeup is pushed against glass to reveal the grotesqueness of the female body in its beauty. The juxtaposition between the distorted face and the accentuated makeup is used to represent a fake mask put to the outside world by an anguished figure. I was largely inspired by Jenny Saville’s Closed Contact series which shows female bodies being pushed against glass, revealing their imperfections.

 

 

Picture perfect - May
Picture perfect - May

Picture perfect (June 2019)

Acrylic paint on acrylic sheet, paper, picture frame

21 x 30 x 6 cm

Picture Perfect was inspired by a previous piece, however, since that piece was 2D, I chose to add a more realistic element by incorporating a three dimensional sheet of plastic, pushing the figure against it, revealing its grotesqueness. I also chose to incorporate hair on a different layer, amplifying the figure’s messiness and imperfections. I was inspired by Jenny Saville who is known for creating large-scale paintings of nude women, revealing the beauty of their imperfections.

 

 

Eternal sunshine - May

Eternal sunshine (March 2020)

Digital photograph on wood, acrylic paint, modroc

75 x 55 x 5 cm

Eternal sunshine illustrates escapism through the defiance of boundaries seen through a 3D hand. Similar to Roar of Fire, a warm and red centred color scheme is used as an allusion to fire, depicting inner pain. Similar to most of my other pieces, the figure is propped in a dark, empty room to depict solitude. Pieces of photograph peak out as lines of movement, depicting struggle. I was inspired by Madeleine Gross, an artist that combines abstract art with photographs by painting over photos.

Eternal Sunshine - May

 

 

Roar of Fire  - May

Roar of Fire (March, 2019)

Acrylic on wood

106 x 39 cm

Roar of Fire depicts anorexia as a form of inner torment. The figure is visibly anorexic, her facial expression and her act of reaching out for help, suggest that she is suffering. Her body is a harmonious, warm color scheme, alluding to fire, depicting internal pain. It is positioned in a dark, voidless room, depicting her loneliness. I was largely influenced by Egon Schiele who uses very exaggerated forms to create a deformed and anguished figure.

 

 

BLOCKED - May

BLOCKED (November 2019)

Acrylic paint on acrylic sheet, clay

30 x 42 x 30 cm

BLOCKED is a 3 layered piece created from a mix of different media. The ceramic relief of clay bricks represents the outside world, thus, creating juxtaposition between being propped outside yet being internally isolated. The incorporation of several transparent layers adds depth. The dark background represents empty space as the figure is lost in the unknown. I was inspired by Ernest Pignon-Ernest’s Derrière la vitre which shows anguished figures being propped in public phone booths.

BLOCKED - May
BLOCKED  - May

 

 

PRISM - May

PRISM (December 2019)

Acrylic on plastic sheet, expanded concrete

25 x 25 x 35 cm

PRISM, influenced by Ernest Pignon Ernest, follows the pushing of boundaries by an anguished figure. The one line drawings represent the simplicity of change and the stone is used to depict the difficulty in defying premade boundaries created by a strict mindset. The stone is used to create a stage, depicting the banning of outcasts from the mainstream of the world. The mould on the rock represents the passing of time and how the struggle for defiance of premade boundaries is everlasting.

PRISM - May
PRISM - May

 

 

FADED - May

FADED (January 2020)

White chalk on paper

30 x 42cm

FADED is a piece created during a life drawing class and depicts isolation and aloneness seen through a figure faded into a black, voidless background. An illusion of the figure fading into the background represents how negative emotions depicted through a black background outweigh the positive, white emotions. In contrast to my other pieces, the figure in this piece is not reaching out for help as it has reached a point after where it has already given up all hope for improvement and change.

 

 

A woman and her lines - May

A woman and her lines (January 2019)

Pen on paper

21 x 30 cm

A woman and her lines is a simple, five line drawing that outlines the figure of a woman. I created this piece by looking at a thin, female model in a life drawing class. The woman is seen to be very thin, having a defined ribcage and a very small waist. This piece depicts the beauty of the female body in its simplicity. I was inspired by Flowsofly, an artist who creates simple one line drawings, representing the complexities and beauties of intimacy and the human body in simple lines.

 

 

Under pressure - May
Under pressure - May
Under pressure - May
Pretty Hurts - May
Picture perfect - May
Picture perfect - May
Eternal sunshine - May
Eternal Sunshine - May
Roar of Fire  - May
BLOCKED - May
BLOCKED - May
BLOCKED  - May
PRISM - May
PRISM - May
PRISM - May
FADED - May
A woman and her lines - May