BA (Honours) in Creative Expressive Therapies, University of Derby.
My current work explores the relationship between inner and outer worlds
and the conflicts experienced through this relationship. The work considers
the roles we place upon ourselves and those that are placed on us by society
and our own environments. It considers the inner person we are away from
outside influences and where our identity lies without the perception
Most of my work uses oil or acrylic on canvas often using varying textured
effects within the paints. An emphasis is placed upon the idea of contrast
within these mediums, looking at both the contrast of light, brushstroke
and texture. This contrast, I find, creates intense and emotive imagery
communicating messages involving inner and outer worlds.
Self portraiture plays a tremendous part in my work. I can be found in
most of my painting. Through appearing in my work I can see my presence
and I can be more reflective on myself and my experiences. This allows
me to be the subject, the painter and the viewer, whilst allowing me to
communicate to the viewer the feelings I wish to express.
My inspiration often begins with mental imagery, this can be in the form
of nightmares and images that flash into my head during waking hours.
I usually begin to paint with those images in my head and the work evolves
as I go along. Often I use photography as a way of self portaiture. This
allows me to capture the way light creating contrast reacts on the form
of my own body and skin, this is translated into painting experimenting
with contrast further.
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