MA Fine Art
My practice is rooted in environmental conservation and my research has focused on ways of producing contemporary work that is marketable both in and out of the conventional gallery space. As one of my aims is to raise awareness of declining Amphibian species, my research has prompted me to use many platforms to distribute my work such as social media, educational publications and traditional exhibitions.
The writings of John Berger have been particularly important. By considering our anthropomorphic understanding of the ‘wild’ animal and its apparent distillation over time, I have engaged with the animal in its most sincere and untampered form. This is accompanied by an exploration of artists such as Monet and Vaughn Bell who use the creation of environments as the work itself or to inspire new work. From this, I attuned my own investigations into existing environments and the wildlife that inhabit them.
Perhaps the most crucial element is the event in which I experienced the Common Frog, the invocation of childhood memories, of curiosity and excitement for a unique species and the reflection of those experiences that ignited a passion for creating representational paintings using an almost hyper-real technique.
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