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Louise Blakeway

My work fully explores mark-making and engages with a range of expressive techniques. Primarily concerned with an exploration of the possibilities and limits of materials, which demand an intense, emotional response from the viewer the work is formed of a particular aesthetic language, in which the detailed processes of reproduction are withdrawn, the residual remains of practice left to congeal into often ambiguous figurative abstractions.

Through the deconstruction of conventional portraiture and figuration, making work from both life and found imagery, the works are diverse in form: from intense objective observational pieces to loose aqueous marks that emphasise the liquescence of paint. The works play on distortion and isolation of the figure so that any sense of time or identity remains ambiguous.

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