July Seminar 2022

Updated: Sep 12

He tina ki runga, he tāmore ki raro

In order to flourish above, one must be firmly rooted below

Body Language, July 2022, series of paintings, oil on ( unstretched) Belgian linen

These works are an exploration of how the body can be used to evoke intellectual and emotional engagement through a painterly language.

I attempt to redefine the traditional subjects of figurative painting against a psychosocial discourse of identity and the interior mind of my female experience.

As a woman painter representing the female form, I seek to carve out a space to reflect on my own female agency. These works are created within a feminist framework in attempt to honour, empower and make space for the feminine form.

In view of diversifying my figurative work, I am interested in Michelangelo’s sixteenth century drawings as a way to reconsider composition and space. I find the rawness of these unfinished works evoke a tenderness that I would like to use as template for resolved works.

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, is a British painter that interests me. Her work prompts me to rethink my gestural hand, for the purpose of evoking a powerful sensory experience through the materiality of paint.

Body Language II

1090mm x 790mm

Oil on Belgian linen

Body Language I

1080mm x 900mm

Oil on Belgian Linen

Body Language III

1190mm x 1080mm

Oil on Belgian linen

Body Language IV

1080mm x 800mm

Oil on Belgian linen


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