What is your background?
My artistic method, given that I have yet to receive a formal ‘art school’ education, is one of constant independent experimentation. I have recently begun exploring graphic design as a means to engage with the digital mediums of today, and this has allowed me a new lens through which to explore my creativity. I also regularly capture digital photographs, and incorporate these into collages, as a way to explore image manipulation in a more manual format. In more analogue mediums, I tend towards oil paints, especially when painting the human form - upon which a large portion of my works are based. I didn't attend art school so my background has been in academia. I did my Undergraduate degree in Sociology, and then a Masters in Visual Arts and Culture - both at Durham University (in the North East of England). While my background hasn't been a formal training in fine art practice, both of my degrees have definitely influenced how I think and the work I produce.
What does your work aim to say?
Some of my works say a lot, some not much at all. As I work in a range of different mediums I sometimes enjoy simply exploring the different forms. In general terms, my art explores both the personal, as well as broad intersectional sociological issues, such as race, feminism, gender, and sexuality.
How does your work comment on current social and political influences?
My ongoing volume of line works, the Graphic series explores the traditional motif of the female nude in contemporary art. It's a countering of the male gaze, the woman looking back at the viewer. It's a rebuff of the conflicted way women's bodies are viewed in society, as something both sexualized and censored. It challenges people's notions of the 'acceptable', of the 'obscene', of the 'ladylike'.
London - UK