BA Fine Art student selected to exhibit work at Tate Britain
Imogen speaks to us about her painting Maritime Runaway selected to feature in the exhibition:
What inspired you to create Maritime Runaway?
My inspiration was the theme of Hiraeth that I studied when I created my first magazine in second year in response to the growing problems of society, specifically stemming from COVID-19 and the refugee crisis.
Hiraeth means a home that you can never return to, and that is the emotion felt by so many. This is what I tried to illustrate in this landscape.
Tell us about the painting:
My politically germane piece is an atmospheric still conveying the horrific journey taken by 76,558 Mediterranean migrants in 2019. This crisis needs immediate attention by governments around the world and I intend to raise awareness for those in need using my art form.
A new law was passed in recent weeks, that states homeless migrants are liable for deportation; this is scary to most and I have attempted to capture this emotion using my solemn colour palette and lonesome composition. ‘Maritime Runaway’, an overpowering, romantic landscape, is a symbol of our poor efforts at helping those in desperate need of shelter.
Life Between Islands exhibits from 3–5 December at Tate Britain.