As a woman painting women, I manipulate the figure to allow it agency and joy, rather than being subject to male gaze. This is both enjoyable and liberating. Though connected to the traditions of figurative painting, I absorb paint’s ability to abstract and reinvent recycled images, targeting an unorthodox representation of the body. The awkward figures pull the rug out from under usual stereotypes. They sit in images I take from real life, that are distorted and exaggerated, to suggest an ambiguous narrative. I enjoy painting the female figure, exploring its physicality and subversive beauty. It is something I love to do.

Education:

2017    First Class Honours Degree in Fine Art at Newcastle University
2017    NCFE Level 3 Award in Education and Training       
2016    Erasmus Semester at Marmara University, Istanbul

Upcoming:

2018  
FBA Futures, Mall Galleries, The Mall, London

Exhibitions:

2017  
Dialogus, Lungs Project, Vane Gallery, Newcastle 
Newcastle University Degree Show, Newcastle University & Great North Museum
Newcastle University Degree Show
#2, Hoxton Arches, London

MAN AROLA, Project Space, Newcastle University, Newcastle  
Nasty Women, Byker Community Centre, Byker, Newcastle
S(he) exhibition, (submitted small written statement), Laing Gallery, Newcastle 
Gallery Wall, Culture Lab, Newcastle upon Tyne
Ladies who Lunch Paint, (Student Open Call), The Holy Biscuit, Newcastle

2016  
Interim #2, Long Gallery, Newcastle University, Newcastle
The Parade, Atrium, Newcastle University, Newcastle
Winter Exhibition, Kilbryde Castle, Sterling, Scotland
Censored | Sansürlü, (Solo Exhibition), Istanbul Art Studio, Kadıköy, Istanbul

Bahar Vizesi, (Two Person Exhibition), Sanat Okulu, Acıbadem, Istanbul

2015
 
The Painting Green, (Solo Exhibition), Tic Space, Newcastle University, Newcastle
RUBBERNECKER, (M I L K Open Call), The Byker Gallery, Newcastle
Cross Year, Long Gallery, Newcastle University
Shameless, (Two Person Exhibition), PH Space, Newbridge Project, Newcastle
Strand Exhibition, Long Gallery, Newcastle University, Newcastle
Narrative, Long Gallery, Newcastle University, Newcastle

2014
Handle With Care Collaboration, Baltic Archive, Baltic Contemporary, Newcastle

Awards:

2017   
John Christie Prize for Outstanding Work in the Fine Art Degree Show
Winner of Student Open Call: The Holy Biscuit
Bartlett Travel Scholarship to Manarola, Italy
Bartlett Offsite Fund, Newcastle University
Selected to participate in Lungs Project, Newcastle


2015   
Studentship Prize, Newcastle University