An Unfolding Portrait: Ghosts

Images and texts that draw on real-life women that are now dead inspired this piece that its constituted by 6 series of fragmented paintings that challenge the viewer to fill the missing pieces. The subject matter comes from my personal life; it emerges from emotions I struggle with. Trafficking in your own trauma is perhaps the hallmark of being a woman in the digital world; the subject of pain is the field I am in. I’m especially interested where subtle relations exist. Vulnerability and aggression, beauty and violence, embarrassment, intensity, care and tenderness are part of how I work and relate to archive photographs.Then there is the desire to transform photos of dead woman into a series of paintings that require continuous capture, the decanting of deposits, scatterings, fluidities and outflows. Working through the relation between art-making, experience and painting keeps me asking questions about social codes of vulnerability.The task has been to focus on the ghost surrounding the archive photographs, to capture its elusive form and sooth its powerful appearance to be forced through my traumatised vision of loss and come out anew.