My work delves into the world of adolescence, depicting clusters of young girls in various scenarios: at school, the playground, or out in nature. Themes of self-identification, anxiety, group dynamics, and performance are tackled within scenes of girlhood play and interactions, often stylistically referencing children’s storybook illustrations. The constructed narratives are meant to be sweet and somewhat familiar to the viewer, yet upon closer inspection they take a slightly mysterious or unsettling turn.
My goal upon entering residency at Frans Masereel Centrum was to utilize silkscreen to push the flat illustrative quality I’d been seeking in my paintings, strengthening the reference to didactic illustration. In Wilderness, the first piece produced at the residency, the figures are surrounded by trees within a white, open space. With Cygnets I attempted a slightly more complex approach by screen printing swans on top of flat background colors, leaving the black dresses of the figures as stark, cutout shapes. As I proofed the separate screens for Wilderness and Cygnets, I noticed the arbitrary layering of the individual elements on the newsprint, and began to appreciate the spontaneity of the overlapping images. The final series of variable prints, Idyll, were made as a response to this observation: the randomness of layering images resulted in a freedom from control that I rarely allow myself in painting, and ended up being one of the most surprising results of my residency experience.
30.06.2014 - 25.07.2014