The artwork used in the exhibition was displayed as vertical strips, not because I didn’t like the artwork as a whole, but because the as an exhibition I wanted to display a taste of each painting to make up a collective visual presentation.
01 – Terrarium 1 Frustration – A caged emotion of pent up desire to be who I want to be, contained within a glass cage for all to see. 02 – Terrarium 2 Exhilaration – A sparkling moment of excitement and adrenaline as you take steps toward something you thought would never happen. 03 – Terrarium 3 Resentment – Negativity, turning in on itself. A moment of unsought bitterness at seeing others appear happy with their life. 04 – Terrarium 4Conflict – Final caged emotion of inner conflict. A complex emotion that can spark unease and brooding turmoil, not easily resolved. 05 – Calm on the surfaceAn awareness of how many people including myself go about daily life whilst hiding the inner turmoil going on inside. 06 – Blue into pinkTrying to show confidence in presenting myself moving against the gender stereotypes, whilst feeling vulnerable and exposed. 07 – What they don’t seeQuite a dark moment, looking deep into the mirror’s reflection and wanting to see a different face look back. 08 – Painted with burning fingersA moment of self-consciousness over my painted work, feeling embarrassed rather than proud. 09 – The Pink and the BlueA rare moment feeling that I’m not alone in my particular view and situation. That others are willing to stand with you. 10 – Biting insideWhen the inner turmoil and anxiety build to a searing pain. Mostly psychological but so that it can be felt physically too. 11 – ParallelsWhilst many paths feel like they move in one forward direction, towards the ‘expected’ goal, a different perspective can help. 12 – Banner 6My sixth attempt to creating a metaphorical banner or abstract coat of arms. 13 – Blue FrictionA fairly simple but clear moment when dark and heavy frictions can cause low feelings. 14 – Dark and LightWhere details are lost in anxious turmoil. The specifics are lost and only the abstract dark and light remain. 15 – III-VThe importance of the number 3 is well known. My fifth attempt faced three monoliths representing judgement but also strength. 16 – Fragment of Light As certain details of life take shape, there are moments of clarity and joy that bring light even without guaranteed substance. 17 – Burning PerspectiveFlames representing time as it ages and withers life, right in front of your eyes. 18 – Blue RoomThe mirror can be cruel showing harsh realities. But the bright lights of the bathroom can reflect and hide things we don’t like to see. 19 – Between the LinesA painting steered by subconscious creativity, not knowing where it would end up just as long as it loosely followed my emotions at the time. 20 – Five DoorsAn awareness that there are often several options we might choose that stand exposed to negativity or even danger. 21 – III-IVAnother observation of the number 3. How light and positivity can help support each other, even when we cant see everything. 22 – Twenty EightTwenty Eight has always had significance for me. Something I’m aware of, something that’s part of me, like so many other aspects. 23 – Form 1Feeling oddly creative I wanted to give my personality and situation physical shapes and colours. 24 – Rain on my Perfect SunsetHow negativity can take the shine off any day, even the brightest and most colourful. 25 – StrandsStandards of perceived normality contrasted with the few that choose not to conform. 26 – Lost in the EyesFeminine eyes have always held a mystery to me. So different in shape and power to relatively nondescript masculine eyes. 27 – Let the FireAn older piece dealing with the internal burning of personal anxiety. 28 – Scraping through TimeAn observation of how the embracing of vibrant colours and lights have been accepted and allowed to flourish.