Sophie Martin’s practice considers a scope of 2D and 3D approaches to painting. The artist uses multiple delicate and easily manipulated materials such as tissue papers, foils and cellophanes. Her work is often autobiographical, placing images of the self alongside reflections on the traits of introversion. “These unveil an inner world typically unseen or unheard in day-to-day life,” Martin notes. These paintings are then merged with water-based imagery through double exposures. The resulting images are defined by a muted colour palette and an overloading of imagery – which seems to wash away the figure. In this way, Martin identifies visual contradictions between the physical and the cognitive, presence and absence.
York St John University: Degree Show 2020
Aesthetica has teamed up with York St John University to present a showcase of creative student work from across the entire department.
Ellie Greensmith’s work taps into the widespread emotions from the past 12 months, exploring crucial conversations about mental health.