'The Shadow of the Object fell across the Ego...'
Sigmund Freud Mourning and Melancholia 1915 (p.249)
Jean Baudrillard, in 'The System of Collecting', points out that 'objet' in French, is 'Anything which is the cause or subject of a passion. Figuratively and most typically, the loved object.'
My work is provoked by the nostalgic yearning for an 'other', whether it be a person or a thing. Painting is the process and medium through which I bring about, or recall that person. It brings forth ghosts.
I have painted personal objects and souvenirs from people I have known, and through this I explore my relationships with those people. Referencing Vanitas paintings and C17th Dutch Still Lifes, I depict an object that looms from a darkness. In my process, I reference Edgar Degas' 'Darkfield' method of monoprints by covering the canvas in dark paint and then wiping it away. The object is in negative, an absence of paint that represents the absence of a body. It is a ghost.
Artists that I look at are Ross Bleckner, Hans Holbein, Lisa Milroy, Anna Atkins -Cyanotypes, Johannes Vermeer, Degas and Morandi.
In the portrait paintings, I use the same dark backgrounds but instead of taking paint away, I paint on top to create a pallid luminosity. As a starting point, I paint quickly from old photographs and then I paint from memory. I use quick brushstrokes and solid colour to give an essence of a person I remember. Artists I look at in reference to these works are Matisse, Alice Neel, Alex Katz, Elizabeth Peyton, Marlene Dumas and the Tudor portraiture in The National Portrait Gallery.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training
MA Fine Art, City & Guilds School of Art London, London 2013
BA Fine Art Painting, City & Guilds School of Art London 2002
2013 Threadneedle Prize - Mall Galleries
2013 London Original Print Fair, Royal Academy, London
2013 APT Creekside Open 2013, APT Creekside, London.
2013 Exhibiting with Long and Ryle, London Art Fair, Islington, London
2012 Barbican Arts Trust Open - chosen by Reece Jones and Kiera Bennett, Barbican Arts Trust, London
2009 Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London
2008 The Painting Room, Transition Gallery, Hackney, London
2008 Julia Hamilton, The Arts Club, Dover St, London