Present-day social and political tensions, populist politics, the uncertainty of climate change and rapid developments in science, make us waver between feelings of enthusiasm and despair. There are more and more rallies against- and pro-politicians, ideas and social orders. Moments ripe with possibilities—moments of change, for better, but also often for the worse.
Using those moments of action as an inspiration for her paintings, I try to create dynamic, animated and charged artworks. The hope is to capture a moment of becoming—loaded with possibilities.
Using photographs of protest as source material, I explore the duality of the possible perception of these images. I am examining the alluring, and often beautiful, visuals of moments of action: people, flares and tear gas frozen in time. Simultaneously, exploring the complicated meaning of the varied histories these events involve. These, often contradicting, forces are what intrigues me.
For the RuaRed exhibition, I decided to take the artworks of the wall and stage a protest using paintings as placards. In doing so I am is asking if a painting can have political importance. Can it ignite, or prompt to action?
This work was part of the group exhibition ‘We are solitary’ in RuaRed in November 2020. Organised by National College of Art & Design, MFA Fine Art programme and Rua Red.