This body of work investigates the relationship between people and their environment. Through printmaking Anna Adamkiewicz explores the mystery of people’s existence in their surrounding world.
Alexandra Bondi de Antoni
This collaborative partnership works with the concept of audio/visual art in the modern age of new media. Their film aims to make sound and vision equally important, and plays with the themes of new territory, imagination, levels of consciousness and human perception.
Her series 'Within' explores the Baroque sensibilities of decoration and disruption, inside a framework of mundane modern-day building materials, and refers to the passage of time with its accumulation of experience and memory.
This work analyses the part that women play in their representation in modern society by translating pornographic images found on the internet into glossy "high art" paintings as a process of reclamation. Barbara Graham believes women are in a tug of war between being free to express their sexuality and encouraging their own objectification.
Taking inspiration from the geometrical Islamic design of Muslim Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq), Mariwan Karim’s ceramic reliefs, hand-built with ceramic tiles, show traces of the Hellenistic, Persian, Mongol and Turkish influences, which have all left their mark on Iraq’s rich cultural heritage.
The premise of this work is that underneath our skin-colour we all have the same colour flesh. This most recent painting is more sculptural than previous work, as she plots a more descriptive way of working.
Through simplistic familiar elements and materials Elevine Lillebuen aims to reflect upon the present time on earth. Her work is about binding together nature, human faults, and hope, and resolving the resultant challenges.
Her wall of gradated colour utilises the shape of the gallery ceiling. She exploits the materials of Capitalism for colour and signification; transforming the disposable language of the everyday into a rich paint. 'Wound' is a patchwork of signifiers collectively producing a mass of colour, which embodies blind consumption, death, destruction, and exploitation.
This work is the beginning of a series that is a reflection of Valeriya N-Georg’s unconscious, interweaved with memories from the communist regime, which was in power in her native Bulgaria during her formative years. She explains “When drawing I feel sometimes my hand takes control and creates an automatic drawing whose meaning I can only read after it is finished; a page from my memories”.
The artist utilises processes of etching, embossing and drawing to create a sophisticated collage. Her works focus on her memories of her homeland Lithuania and the comparison between the small town where she grew up and London where she now lives.
Through her painting "Everyone who loves has been born of God" Carolina Piteira is exploring homosexuality and homosexual love in relation to the "Word of God" – it asks the question do God and The Bible condemn this love or condone it?
“Words Apart” is based on relationships whose meaning is open to interpretation. The physical reflections of the environment are akin to the relationship between the two people within the painting who may be purposefully ignoring each other or interacting, either knowingly or unknowingly, using the electronic world.
Using liquid emulsion on wood 'Contemplations' is an installation that contains images of literal reflections of light, leaves, water and mirrors but also the sense of reflections as thought. They have a nostalgic and dreamlike quality that relates to the fleetingness of youth and summer, while reflecting on the artist’s home country and her longing for a return to nature.
Julia Rodrigues’ current practice is informed by Spirituality, Folk Art and organic abstraction using traditional methods of Printmaking, such as etching, along with an experimental approach - with a special focus on mark making.
Using photographic images of night scenery in the big city, Edita Treigyte’s work reflects on London while referencing her life in the former Soviet Union. ‘Frozen’ shows how a tunnel into the unknown looks to newly arriving aliens, travelling towards the light of a new life, while leaving behind the crushed fragments of their old lives.
Karina Vettorel’s work is inspired by her surrounding landscape, captured in photographs; painted or printed to reflect the atmosphere of place and the emotions that were encountered there. By layering the images in ‘Reflections of My Life’ her work maintains a sense of movement between literal and emotional reflection.
Her work is concerned with the darker side of society, in this piece Anthia Vryoni reflects on the bombings in July in her home country of Cyprus, using colour to symbolise associated feelings. Photographic images are coupled with domestic materials to bring a personal element into a global situation.