Oil on canvas
Just after my 4th back operation, where my lower back was fused together, my husband walked out on me and my world felt like it was falling apart.
I am obsessed with the idea of identity within my art. My earlier portraits look at the transitory nature of beauty and fashion iconography, while my more recent work concentrates on themes of personal salvation following my traumatic back operations. Having trained in Textile Art I have been influenced by the sheer beauty of ornament and the power of decoration. I have always been interested in the idea of image and beauty being a façade and how appearances influence our lives in Western Civilisation. My work poses the argument that body beauty is a contemporary deity of western civilisation. Our obsession with beauty and how we adorn ourselves with make-up has hidden women beneath a veil of vanity and only when you have beauty, are you able to succeed. Most importantly I want to display how thin a veil beauty is and how easily it is lost.