As memories fade away how do we deal with the loss of our past selves? How can we attempt to save a memory that wants to erase itself? This body of work is a social commentary on how we reflect, lock in or cast away past accounts of ourselves. Each painting discovers a human-like fossil, as if it has been excavated from muddy soil, and explores an image of a deteriorating soul. A static, isolated and intimate version of the ‘self’ is presented. The compositions narrate an ‘archaeological retreat’ to uncover an archive of identities. Although self-portraiture is used as the initial visual cue, the personalised figure is then transformed into an image that can be universally read. Through creating paintings of my own sculptures I inquire into the relationship between portraiture and still life but, even in abstraction, suggestive of a human presence. The process of recollection through a rejection of an autobiographical reading sparks my interest. I have chosen to strip away any individual physical features that would help identify the subject. By creating casts of my sculptures and then painting them the final images couldn’t be further away from their origins. My method consists of hollowing out the eyes and removing any identifiable features to give the figure a sense of anonymity and androgyny. Consequently, there is a large degree of separation between the initial figure or face and the final bald, genderless image. The viewer is encouraged to identify with this ‘blank canvas’ of a human
Fine Art BA, Newcastle University, First Class Degree with Honours, Graduated July 2022.
Newcastle University Graduate Show, July 2022, The Copeland Gallery, London.
Newcastle University Graduate Show, June 2022, The Hatton Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Art & Design Foundation Diploma, Distinction, Graduated 2018.