HOME: ABOUT THE ARTISTS
A group show by 2021 Kingston Fine Art Graduates exploring themes of home: identity, memory and heritage, through a range of media from film, digital art and collage, to painting and printmaking.
Douaa El Azizi is a British Moroccan artist who is exploring the process in which we claim our surrounding spaces, in an attempt to make them feel closer to home. Through rituals, household materials and memories shared by her family, she incorporates imagery both from life and from memory to create her pieces. Mixing both real and imaginary depictions of her home. Douaa had previously found capturing the indoor domestic private scene with a camera quite invasive and uncomfortable for her family. This led her to investigate how far she can push the documentation process, considering the sensitivity of the matter and respecting one’s privacy. Whilst simultaneously being conscious of her Muslim identity and what that means when she puts these stories out to the world. She questions whether there is a gaze that she should be mindful of, and whether she can rectify it.
Courtney-Lyn Gregory is an artist and curator currently studying an MA in Curating Contemporary Design at Kingston University and the Design Museum. Gregory responds to projects that react to current events and activism; specifically commenting on post-covid culture, the climate crisis and identity politics in the UK. Gregory strives to be transparent in her exhibition engagement and selects her projects to work towards her curatorial aim, which is to make art and design more accessible to all audiences and communities. Coming from a working-class background, she believes the art market doesn’t reflect the many talented artists working today and she wants to change this.
Edward Mac is a London-based artist whose practice aims to expand the concept of art in an age of social critique, through ongoing studies of imagery and text. With the shared knowledge of Fine Art & Graphic Design, the work is centred around the exploration of images, viewing the stereotypes and archetypes with the aim to draw on the individual or a shared British experience. He skilfully examines the compositions within popular culture, and how it plays out in the wider context, and what the British experience is meant to be or what it is. The construction of narratives through collated images is used as a tool to connect one another across cultural boundaries that enrich a community.
Omalola Mau is a Canadian artist living and working in the UK. She has a multidisciplinary practice with an emphasis on painting. In her work she explores themes of gathering, heritage, and preserving moments. The gap between feeling and being something is integral to her work and she is fascinated with the concept of closeness and connection in a time where everything has become so atomized, and in relation to that, the fracturing that takes place through immigration over time. Through painting Mau records her own history and experiences, focusing on still lives of food and household objects, and drawing on family archives to explore the idea of gathering and togetherness. Mau has always been drawn to painting as a way to record experiences; this comes from a long-term interest in archives, particularly non-traditional archives.
Husna Memon is a British South Asian artist who explores themes of Post-Colonialism and Orientalism through a multitude of mediums. More recently, her practice has been using intaglio to revisit drawings she made during her Granddad’s hospitalisation, and then subsequent death. By printing imagery of his demise over pages from a book published around the time he was born, the artist intended to bookend his life. Since her Granddad was her last surviving link to colonial and pre-partition South Asia, the book becomes an active site where identity, citizenship, and transgenerational trauma are addressed. Besides the context behind her practice, there is a beautiful materiality to both her printmaking and restorative bookbinding.
Kristine Meniano is a British Filipino artist that explores both traditional and modern forms of art. With her work, she explores the notions of belonging and what is home. She creates imagery, with a range of materials, in order to share what she has gathered from memory and online influences. This is as a response to experiences post-covid, in order to express her emotions but also to highlight the divide between the real and the virtual. She also employs digital techniques to depict family while emphasising characteristics of separation.
Brianna Lois Parker is a British artist based in London who primarily creates figurative oil paintings. Parker has created a series of paintings exploring the value of existing. Her work illuminates the inner lives of the subjects through genuine representation.
Sumnima Pun is a mixed media artist whose work centres around the concept of home and the questioning of one’s identity. She navigates her connections, disconnections, and reconnections to her Nepali identity through digital collage. The imagery used has been collected in Nepal and is manipulated to construct complex scenes that are an amalgamation of memory and imagination. Whilst they draw upon the disruptive nature of self-analysis, they offer a playful celebration of the ever-ongoing journey, with references to her favourite foods and spaces.
Amrit Sanghera is a multidisciplinary artist whose work utilises her personal history, language and memory. Her practice centres around a continuous question and argument about the notions of diasporic experience, home, inheritance and its futurisms. She works with video, writing and up-cycling material to create imaginary dimensions that explore and transcend the associations between cultural, environmental and personal moments.
Zooey Sealey is a multimedia artist exploring the theme of identity through the lens of race, belonging, isolation and the mundane. With poetry and writing acting as a catalyst for her practice, she is currently working with film as a way of creating new narratives and discussing written work through physical pieces of art. This translation is one that she is interested in developing with the communication of differing forms. Representation of thought through faces is something that takes place within her work, with the recurring imagery of abstract faces acting as a form of self-assessment. Found within the work is a discourse following the complexities of identity and the historical and cultural factors that influence these issues.