Artist Statement

 

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‘Self-Portrait’, 2018

Introduction

Hello and welcome to my website. This website obtains two sides to my practice: Personalised Pet Portraits (commissioned) and Live Performance Art. Here you shall be able to differentiate between to two, but by conveniently having it all in one place. If you would like to contact or further research what I do, please visit the ‘Contact’ section to view your options.

Pet Portrait Artist

I have been developing my interest and skill with animal and briefly human portraits for just over two years. The majority of my commissions are dry medium based using pastel, charcoal and chalk on either black sugar paper or neutral coloured PastelMat. I am always keen to further explore and experiment with the relationships between different mediums. Therefore, any ideas or requests my clients may have would never be ignored. I supply a service of professionally mounting and framing commissions if requested. I am flexible with the sizing of the artwork and will happily discuss potential outcomes. The pricing of commissions is uniquely personalised to each client, however, it does vary between the following factors: Labour costs, urgency, scale, materials, delivery to your location (either personally or post), framing (optional), photography session (optional). 

If you have an enquiry, a request or just a thought, please do not hesitate to contact me directly (see ‘Contacts’ above). If you would like to see images of previous works, please view above in ‘Artwork’.

 

Live Performance Artist

My practice is concerned with the assumptions of female narcissism. Through a feminist lens, I explore notions of self-love within our current society through photography, video and live art. I use photography and video mediums in order to document the performances. The documentation of the performance also becomes the piece in itself but will always differ from the live event. This refers to contemporary narcissism in our society when looking and prepping ourselves in the mirror, to documenting and uploading selfies onto social media. The mediated image will never be a true representation of the real self.

I am influenced by the radical feminist group, Guerrilla Girls (1985). The group of female feminist artists remained anonymous wearing gorilla masks, in order to expose sexual and racial discrimination in the art world. I decided to make my own personalised to fit mask, covered in mirror pieces to confront people’s gazes, rather than disclosing myself. The mask is a key prop in my performances, in relation to contemporary narcissism.

I play on these traits of narcissism by using modern day technology and communications. In my latest works, I ‘FaceTime’ myself through live performance. I capture this experience by layering the two projected images over each other, forming a technological mirror.

I aim for my intention is to unfold why we are so fascinated with ourselves and desire to capture this rather than living in the moment. There is potentially an aesthetic from the use of technology we simply cannot turn away from.

If you have an enquiry, a request or just a thought, please do not hesitate to contact me directly (see ‘Contacts’ above). If you would like to see images/video of previous works, please view above in ‘Artworks’.