I use the language of the Rococo to examine the notion of femininity, exploring its aesthetic expressions throughout Art History and in contemporary culture.

My work explores the representation of the female form and the male gaze as well as the associations of the superficial, decorative and domestic present in the Rococo. I see a discrepancy between the aesthetic qualities we perceive to be feminine i.e. the beautiful, the submissive, the delicate, and my own experience of what it is to be a woman today.

The paintings exist in a state of flux as figuration gives way to abstraction and sensation, engaging with the the visceral and the sublime through the sensuality of the gestural mark. Harnessing the dynamism and eroticism inherent in the Rococo, I seek to create active paintings which do not submit to the gaze but have the capacity to affect the viewer- paintings which are indicative of the legacy of the feminine but express the true agency and power of being a woman.


Education

2016-2017           MA in Fine Art, City & Guilds of London Art School, London

2010-2013           Diploma and Post-diploma in Portraiture, The Heatherley School of Fine Art, London

2009-2010          Kingston University, Foundation in Art and Design, London

 

Selected Exhibitions

2017                      Solo Show, Brocket Gallery, London

                              Young Masters Tour 2.0, Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London

                              MA Show, City & Guilds of London Art School

2016                     ING Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London

                             Summer Salon, Lubomirov / Angus-Hughes, London

                             The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London      

                             Pop-Up Exhibition, Boston Consulting Group, London 

                             OO Talent Exhibition, The Yarrow Gallery, Northamptonshire

2015                     Through my Eyes, Gibberd Gallery, Harlow

2014                     The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

2013                     The Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

                             The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

2012                     The Cork Street Open Exhibition, The Gallery, London

                             The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

 

Awards

 

2017                    Artist Collecting Society Studio Residency for excellence in the MA Show at City & Guilds

                            City & Guilds MA Prize for Outstanding Critical Engagement

2016                    Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant

2014                    The De Laszlo Foundation Award,

2013                    The Phyllis Roberts Award                                                                                                                                                               

                            Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant