Kirsty Templeton Davidge : Statement

Kirsty Templeton Davidge

Hole-And-Corner

June 23 - July 12, 2016

Opening Reception June 23 from 7 -9 pm 

 

Artist Statement:

 

“These Hole-And-Corner portraits feature secretive, elusive faces that seem to only indirectly acknowledge the viewer. Suspended in an illusory state of quiet yet restless repose, they are gentle portraits of young men and women; isolated yet interconnected characters, metaphors for the physical manifestations of the full array of internal psychological tones. As they move away from childhood but not yet feeling an adult, they are neither ‘here nor there’ but in limbo, they are in between.  Time propels us all forward but some resist.

 

My portraits look to the technical elements from the Contemporary Baroque period embodied by such artists as Velasquez, as well as later Realists including portraitists such as Reynolds, and Manet and I utilize a similarly restrictive palette. Of personal interest to me to allow the paint to be paint and yet something more, it is raw and expressive and yet ‘beautiful’ at the same time. Within the subject there is an unsettling feeling of isolation or alienation, with psychological undertones.

 

Each image of these fragile youths is charged with a sourceless tension. They are completely self-aware, yet fiercely guarded. My desire is to carry these ephemeral subjects from the past into the present.

 

Hole-And-Corner portrays individuals who deliberately conceal facets of themselves from those around them without even knowing why. They may hide truths of who they are, and are perhaps uncertain of who they want to be. Like us all, they fear stigma, rejection, slander and embarrassment.

 

Born from personal stories, these youths isolate themselves from those around them. These ambiguous portraits depict a delicate balance between deep secrets, which we cherish, but long to release.”