So exams are finally over! Which means you’re stuck with me now 🙂 Last night I went to see my friends and my own work displayed at the Redmaids’ Exhibition. As always the talent was phenomenal and every piece was creative and different from the others. I’m so happy to share some of the work with you so I hope you enjoy it and feel free to leave comments below! xxx
Caitlins’ portrait of her grandma was around the theme of Alzheimer’s disease, after seeing the effects it had on her Grandpa. The back ground of the paintings are family photos that have been progressively rubbed away to show the effect Alzheimer’s disease has over time on a person’s memory and on their family and friends. She also used sandpaper to rub away sections of the two painting, to show the fading of the dementia patient and their memory as the disease progresses.
Her second piece explored the development of countries and the inequality that can arise. Her paintings focus around Colombia, as it is the third most unequal country in Latin America with over 30% of the population living in poverty. To combat this the government provided funds for escalators and cable cars to link the poorest communities in Medellin with the rest of the city to help improve employment rates. She has brought together two different areas of an unequal city by bringing together the high-rise buildings of Bogota and the slums of Medellin. I am also a massive fan of the washing line hanging from the frame created with charity shop clothing.
Oscars’s main media is ink, colour and texture that he uses so beautifully to create HUGEEE expressive pieces. The first bird piece is a perfect reflection of his work, which often focuses on animals. He combined this with architecture and an urban setting to create a truly vibrant piece. Within his work he has captured the message of how the bird of prey is forced to live in the city because of the urban growth over time and the destruction of its natural habitats.
The theme of isolation lead Oscar to this ‘lone wolf’ concept which fitted in very nicely to his animal theme. Using acrylics, he has put emphasise on the contrast between the wolf and the empty environment.
Maddie has cleverly combined landscapes with human anatomy. Her pieces, made from clay, take inspiration from landscapes which mimic the texture of the human body.
Her second piece focuses on technological change. She used old computer parts to create an original piece of artwork. Her artist journey led her towards recycling and environmental change, resulting from industrial damage. Her work exhibits jellyfish made from bin liners and plastic bags, along side fish made from wire and computer circuits.
Nia creates the most stunning landscapes that everyone wants on their walls. Her huge painting, produced using oils, is of wales, where she lives and is truly beautiful.
Lucys’ work focused on festivals and uses lots of colours. In her piece she created clay casts of hands and used embroidery to hang between them. Within them she also has a beautiful range of photographs of Caitlin covered in powder paint. A moment only Lucy could capture!
I am often drawn to themes that are unattractive or even disturbing for some in their appearance and I like to change people’s perceptions, turning them into something beautiful. I enjoy working with a wide variety of materials, allowing myself to incorporate my love of textiles through fabric, beads and embroidery. Megan Mitchells’ embroidered scars and Yiquing Yins’ manipulation of fabric have been particularly influential within my work and have helped me to push my limits to create sculptural embellished outcomes.
My second piece focused around breast cancer and mastectomies.The aim of my work was to portray the different stages of cancer and the importance of the scars to many proud survivors. Within my work I was inspired by the artists Lisa Kellner and her fabric sculptures as well as Ernest Neto who works with the hanging weight of sand and the stretching of materials. Created using tights filled with sand, the weight of is symbolic for the total number of breast cancer cases per year. I was also able to explore latex, powder paint and embroidery in my work which enabled me to develop a large variety of skills and techniques I hadn’t tried before.
I hope you guys enjoyed this post and I’ll be back Sunday with another!