Hindu Deities Series
2017 - present...
Dia de los muertos (Day of the Dead)
Inspired by Russian fairy tales, these paintings are aimed at adults rather than children, to evoke thoughts about the influence made on our lives by the lessons learnt from these stories: consequences of greed, laziness, disobedience and judgement of people. While my previous projects centred on mythology and other timeless themes, these works are more personal to me. The focus remains however on the universal subject of humanity.
Una Hoja, Muchos Rostros (One Leaf, Many Faces)
This series of paintings was created while on artist residency in Bolivia for a project titled ‘Una Hoja Muchos Rostros’ (‘One Leaf Many Faces’). I initiated this project along with other Cochabamba-based artists in order to explore issues that were very potent at that time in Bolivia: the coca leaf and it’s many uses. From Inca mythology through to Coca Cola, there are many ways in which the coca leaf has made an effect on people’s lives throughout history. Cocaine, despite being perhaps the most recognisable ‘face’ of the coca leaf today, is one of many. Each painting in this series portrays a personification of these different facets of the coca leaf.
My obsession with Greek mythology began on my exchange to Athens where I spent five months. I was fascinated by the idea that Greek gods and goddesses are fallible: that is what makes us mortals able to relate to them. Greek gods and heroes are archetypes and their exaggerated traits can be recognised in people throughout time and more importantly to people of today. Their stories are about love, hate, betrayal, jealousy and everything else that makes us human. These inspirations allowed me to create my own contemporary characters with one common narrative- the narrative of feeling.
An Allegory of Love
An Allegory of Hate
The human figure is an incredibly powerful image that is able to connect with audiences on intrinsic emotional levels. I utilise the figure and portrait to create personifications of issues potent in our contemporary society. Furthermore, by employing mythology and allegories I can speak about social, psychological and political issues that are timeless and universal. My way of working is instinctive and her painting linguistics are figurative yet expressive.