Working primarily in painting and drawing, my work is often born out of gestural mark making and continuous line drawing. I usually compose a network of shapes on a neutral ground, an aesthetic, which for me, focuses the eye on interactions between areas of colour and the sensuousness of paint. Conceptually, my current practice is grounded in ideas surrounding female sexuality and digital culture. I am learning to forge my own female language on the female nude; a subject matter which has been hugely blemished by the artistic abuse it has undergone throughout an extremely patriarchal Art History.
Towards the end of 2017 I became fascinated by ‘SEND NUDE’ culture, an interesting byproduct of the digital world which has made the online sharing of sexy self portraiture a familiar and unremarkable activity of my generation. Since starting this project I have been forwarded over 200 nudes: photographs which my female friends had previously taken and sent to others. My challenge has been to repurpose them; to lift them off a hand held screen and translate them into bold, explosive, vibrant paintings. As work which is essentially an intimate discovery of and a comment on contemporary female sexuality, I feel as though my voice as a young woman here is especially powerful. My desire to present a female subject that is fully consenting, self assured and sexually empowered is grounded in a discomfort with how the nude has been represented in the past and has only been intensified by feminist activism in 2017/18 and the ongoing war on ‘Weinstein Culture.’ In light of this, I have never felt so excited to be painting right now, in this electric and impassioned moment in time. I have never felt so propelled to make work which has the potential to generate conversation or debate and above all, I have never felt so proud to be a female painter.