Over the years of working with the body in drawing and painting, investigating the opportunities and thoughts that arise, I have learned to understand myself and my place in society as a female, immigrant and artist. By tracing the history of the figure in art I have unraveled and understood better the history of political events, shifts in spiritual beliefs and the tides of intellectual thought. To paraphrase Philip Pearlstein: “Art that utilizes the body expands the capacity to understand and feel”.
In my paintings, I have recently started investigating the relationship of the figure to the environment, this thread largely stemming from the pressing examination with our society: the effects of our development on the environment and our engineering role within it all. For centuries philosophers have been asking the questions of how we are moulded by our surroundings but recently the study of the opposite effect is dominating the dialogue. This investigation is an area with far reaching opportunities for an artist conceptually, formally and narratively while tracking the scientific and political developments. It is precisely this exploration that I am currently undertaking while completing a graduate degree at Central St Martin's in London.