DRESS  

“Put on that dress
I’m going out dancing
Starting off red
Clean and sparkling,
He’ll see me”

I am interested in the casual, everyday objectification of women’s bodies; the way the waist is treated like a moveable sculpture; dressed in garments that cinch to reveal the thinness of the thinnest part, making of the body a tidy shape on which to put some ornamentation - like a vase ready to be painted. This series uses a limited number of shapes at play with one another to create multiple variations that reference fashion, smart-phone screens and the half-tone dot of the printed image.


My curiosity in making these works was around positive and negative space; the way that the coloured dots seem to vibrate and jump from on the dress to in front of the dress, revealing or obscuring the body. I became fascinated with adding ornament to ornament until it reached a pretty (or ugly) climax.


Quote is from the song Dress, by PJ Harvey


2017
series of paper pulp paintings,
recycled fibre and pigment

each 20 x 17 cm


Untitled series
2017
corrugated cardboard, gouache,
dimensions variable

Nashi Pear on Tablecloth
2017
gouache on cut and reassembled corrugated cardboard, 60x 74 cm



White mouthed pot
2015
cut paper on paper
21 x 24 cm

Small black pot
2015
cut paper, pastel, gouache on card
8 x 12 cm









Legs on the tram,
2015
gouache on coloured paper,
10 x 12 cm

Legs at the bus stop,
2015
gouache and pencil on coloured paper,
8 x 11 cm