2018, BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting, Wimbledon College of Arts, UAL
"I have completed a series of portraits; paintings of my colleagues, the graduating year of 2018 from Wimbledon College of Art. It is important for me that most figures that I have painted are female artists. It remains the case that across the world many women are still prevented access to education and female artists are underrepresented in the art world. Less than 40% of countries provide girls and boys with equal access to education (). Work by female artists makes up only 3-5% of major permanent collections in the U.S. and Europe (Judy Chicago for the Guardian, Countess Report). I am painting women who are artists, attempting always to present women from a female perspective through painting.
“Every woman who paints... challenges in some way the complex relationship that exists between masculine agency and female passivity in Western art. I like to think that in taking up the brush or pen... women assert a claim to the representation of women.” (Liz Rideal, Mirror Mirror) I began the series by trying to paint the artists in their studio spaces. I moved away from this because their spaces and work do not belong to me. They are now situated in a space which is in flux. It is not a solid world. Another aspect that informs my work is the place of Photography and its relationship to Painting. Photography surrounds our lives and we have to deal with the images that photography presents us with on a daily basis. For me, the strength of painting exists in its difference to the photographic image. In a painting you can demonstrate and see the human mark and the time invested within the work. Working from photography has brought me to experiment with the level of detail I feel is necessary to communicate and to concentrate on what I find important. When I am painting I feel there is always an an urgency in documentation. There is a real desire to capture the moment before it disappears and to say through painting, this is us, this is the moment and this is how we are now."