Elle Guest

2019, Bath Spa University

"My paintings deal with the notion of care, abstracting the human body to be a minimal form that is infantile, still forming and vulnerable. We care for our bodies in order to increase the longevity of our lives and I wanted to turn this to the care I take of my paintings as well. Today we are living longer than ever before as a result of medical research as well as a higher quality of life and I want to highlight the importance of taking care and attention to our bodies.


Colour palettes that are commonly used in skincare packaging as well as materials that are used for the care of our bodies inform the aesthetic. Acrylics are used to achieve flatness that is contrasted against textured materials such as silicone, felt, enamel and velour. The interaction of the developing forms opens a space of conversation amongst the contrasting materials. How the forms learn to co-exist by intertwining, curving around, lying on top or below of each other. Holly Hendry's flesh-toned sculptures influence my colour palette through the bodily connection in both of our practices. Hendry breaches the traditional boundaries of sculpture through displaying her sculptures hung upon walls or laid flat on the wall and floor. The play on traditional display techniques for painting and sculpture resonates with my practice by seeing how I can push the notion of care further into how I display my paintings using the surrounding space."

Acrylic on Wood Panel, 2019
152.4 x 121.92 cm
Acrylic on Wood Panel, 2019
152.4 x 121.92 cm

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