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On Etsy since 2019

I am currently studying MA Fine Art at Aberystwyth University having recently completed by BA in Fine Art and English Literature. I have a passion for academics, education, research and practice and have experience in being a Teaching Assistant, Curatorial assistant and Administrative/Operational responsibilities.

I am a hands-on sort of person. I love making, creating and critiquing practice and research. I want to find innovative and unique perspectives in my fields in the hope that I can inspire others and explore the variety of societal and cultural thinking in contemporary society. My interests also lie in Music, Running (with a bit of swimming and cycling) and the environment.

I am an intuitive painter who adores a literary theory (particularly psychoanalysis, structuralism and deconstructionism). I enjoy writing academic essays which discuss theories that not only pertain to my art practice and research but my literary research and interests. (Please let me know if anyone would be interested in reading some of my non-fiction work!)

In my most recent works, I have been closely analysing contemporary Chinese ink artists (Qin Feng, Wei Ligang, Gao Xingjian), new media installation artists (Rachel Rossin), Romantic Western landscape artists (Ruskin, Cozens, Thomas Cole, C.D. Freidrich) as well as the Japanese classic woodblock printers Hokusai and Hiroshige.

By working in monochrome (grey-scale, more specifically) I can assess and manipulate multiple mediums to portray a very specific atmosphere, image, depth, distance, path and composition. The subject which tends to appear is that of mountains, trees and waterfalls, typical landscape imagery of the artists I view as masters.

I am really interested in tools, with regards to art – in my current work which is all in preparation for my first MA exhibition in May – I enjoy investigating ink; Acrylic Ink, Indian Ink, Promarkers, Spectrum Noirs, Posca Pens, Stabilo study pens and AquaFine Water Soluble Dual Tip pens. I want to see how far I can stretch these tools using printing methods like lino and mono, and layering using the different pens’ properties.

In addition, it is very common for (western) ink illustrative artists to be attracted to realism – however – I am attempted to utilise my painterly skills I learnt during my undergraduate degree in order to explore ink in a more abstract way. By juxtaposing large expressive brush marks with minuscule dot-work in order to create a compositionally balanced semi-abstract landscape that explores tonal depth with inspiration from cultures all around the world, I want to demonstrate how my meditative process, influence on literary texts and artists can provide a fresh perspective at contemporary landscape art.

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