Here's the completed painting that I did for my Contemporary Figuration final!
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
In search of finding new methods to read the city, I focus on the documentation of private spaces within a vibrant, fast-paced city. This series of paintings are often about contact with architecture and basic living elements. The works, made with acrylic and pastel, combine drawing and painting and create scenes that pull the viewer into the image through the use of perspective.
By taking daily life as subject matter, I strive to better understand how we relate to our surroundings and how these environments mold our identity. These works are characterized by the use of everyday scenes in the atmosphere of the Toronto landscape. I aim to capture quite moments and simple routines of daily life that are often overlooked with the busyness of city living. While I have personal connections to the images that I create, I have chosen to present them in an objective manner, allowing the viewer to draw their own conclusions.
My artistic practice is based on the exploration of female experience regarding sexuality and the development of gender identity. Turning the camera on myself, I capture expressive emotions through candid moments. These portraits allow me to explore the notions of desire and disgust, and question power dynamics within relationships. Concurrently, the work explains how we relate to domestic spaces by painting objects and scenes from my bedroom. Bringing the viewer directly into the space in which I inhabit creates a very personal, open dialogue. Through this practice, I am interested in understanding the need to be desired and the anxiety that comes with intimacy and young adulthood.
Switching between many different media including oil, acrylic, watercolour and pastel, I allow myself to freely explore these experiences and find that each respective medium gives different possibilities for interpretation. My work is quite visceral and a visual tension is often created through colour, line and the space the figure occupies.