Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Finally things are starting to get a bit more organised. I received a slot for my thesis show: 13th-19th May, 2007. It leaves me eight months to prepare.

I am still working from the same photo I took of my friend, Anne, a few years ago. This time, I have manipulated the photo slightly, so that it does not look like Anne anymore. Instead, the resulting photos are portraits of imaginary people. (I have attached a couple of the images above.)

I now have 50 different versions of the same face, and I am planning to paint each of them. Once painted, each face is going to get a soft body made of stuffed, white fabric. They'll be a group of body bags.

The idea of painting portraits of illusionary people makes me smile. Traditionally, portraits are regarded as mirrors of the soul, capturing the essence of a person rather than her looks. What happens when the person does not even exist?

Time to go home and take Marcel the cat to the graveyard.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Friday, September 08, 2006


My boyfriend, David Graham, is one of the shortlisted artists in the Saatchi & Guardian competition.

It would be great if you voted for him through the following link:

David Graham on Guardian

Saturday, September 02, 2006


I have spent a week trying to figure out what to do for my degree show, treating it as a specific project - planning to design each piece, and making the works accordingly. I was thinking of asking people to send me a photograph of their face looking the way they would like to be remembered after death, and painting them. I would then have made their bodies of stuffed, white fabric.

I got bored before I even started.

It's about time to admit that I cannot work in projects: I simply need to get my hands dirty and produce something concrete. The visual comes before its theoretical explanations.

So, let's see how this pans out. I'm on my way to the studio to prime some MDF.