MA Fine Art

Ana Torrejon: September 12th '92

Artwork by Ana Torrejon

We all have fears, and the artist has internalised her fear of losing her memories and now aims to expose this fear and present it in an abstract form. Having known only her direct family, she relies on memories of others to paint a picture in her mind of the wider family.

Memories are shared, modified, adapted and recorded using many forms of medium. Storytelling is the repetition of memories playing on shared everyday experiences. With the family unit, there is a universal set of experiences shared worldwide, stories of places you have never been to, characters you have never met, but are all familiar.

Through her installations, she aims to represent these memories and factors that come into play when remembering them. The reflection and fragmentation show how distorted and changed our memories can get. The installations are sourced through exploring these topics with found materials.

The artist aims at finding a bridge to her long-lost family and trying to create a new way of retaining memories that do not belong to her initially but have been adopted due to a powerful personal connection to an aspect of her life.

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Paige Holmes: I fantasise about you too

Artwork by Paige Holmes

Sinister, surreal and swelling with a sexual and seedy atmosphere. The images displayed here depict a self-aware woman. She acknowledges the unknown viewer, as she gazes at them smiling and inviting them into her small circle. Though startling and often uncomfortable to engage with, the gaze that the woman holds is intense, sensual and provocative. Whilst playing with apparently benign and ordinary items such as spaghetti hoops, wiggly eyes and cling film the images create a strange fetishized world that seems to be both seductive and grotesque. Occasionally the woman engrosses herself with another girl in some kind of ‘sordid’ exchange.

The position and gaze of the woman is quite striking, with images taken from above putting her in a vulnerable submissive position. However, she seems to be able to maintain her power and presence in an assertive and knowing way. Their relationship is ambiguous and the narrative is multi-layered, portraying a fantasy that is simultaneously attractive and appealing but also distasteful and harrowing.

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Sara Brighty: Echoes of Silence

Artwork by Sara Brighty

I bring meaning to my work by investigating parental concerns, and challenge preconceived ideas of the expectation that all parents are those with children. My work highlights that parenthood it is not only about gaining a child but can be about losing them too.

Reflecting upon the perceived juxtaposition of the natural order of events when parents lose a child, reveals that it can be an isolating, although not uncommon experience.

I work across a variety of mediums and disciplines using photography and moving image, painting, drawing and sculpture to create installations.

There are elements of autobiography present in my work communicating sensitive and personal experiences, combined with a visual interpretation of information and data surrounding my research on child loss.

I am keen to continue to exhibit and bring to the forefront my artwork on loss, with the aim of opening a dialogue between parents with and without children.

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Zoe Collishaw: Videas Lumen – ‘May you see the light’

Artwork by Zoe Collishaw

This body of work explores the ephemeral qualities of light and its constant impact on our visual awareness. The capture of fleeting glimpses; that instant between the edges of vision and perception, layers of light, both natural and created, inner and outer, visible and invisible.

These abstract formations of light, which are often encountered in happenstance or chanced upon moments, explore the notion of a divergence between our vision and our perception; how we observe and understand both the world in general and the way in which we view and experience works of art.

These photographs never quite portray the remembered intensity of light in the original scene. I use light reflective paint and mediums to enhance some areas, which further questions the role of memory within the process of vision and perception.

A collection of words, suggesting various qualities of light, colour and aesthetics has accumulated alongside the images; each word relating to a variety of different images of light. Together, the words, images and their display become a study of light in various settings and constructions, describing and portraying light in abstract form, inviting the viewer to observe closely the light around them and see the world anew.

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