Sharon Farrelly United Kingdom
I Paint and take photographs of interesting subjects, narrating British,American and Western History and popular culture. I comment on political events, media outlets, celebrity, New and Old Hollywood..I use lyrics/fashion/Music and piss taking to make multi-layered creative paintings and installations. My work is marmite..You Like or You Dont... Art is a Good/Bad conversation, one way or Another
I work on any surface I can get my hands on, walls, and canvases of any sizes, on stretchers, floors and stapled directly onto walls. I create large installations pieces to captivate my audiences with my narratives. My narratives are spewed images of popular culture, using references from British and American contemporary culture such as Hollywood, British Humour, Art and movie stars like Paul Newman, Julie Christy, Liz Taylor and Richard Burton aligned with historical and autobiographical events including my previous work environments. Drawing from my personal fears such as mortality and a phobia of medical procedures, this informs my practice and my selection of iconic imagery leaning towards a more sinister element.
My ideas come as a result of Appropriating from a broad range of media sources, Internet, YouTube, films and paper media publications, including expression from my own position and experience of British and American events. I want viewers to be lost in recognition and familiarity of the texts and images when they look at my paintings – although frenetic in their appearance requiring a slower realisation of placement of the images and text. I am continually looking for new imagery from the vast multi media we have at our disposal and get really excited when prompted by images which further informs my next piece of work. I create varied sized immediately recognizable and subjugated imagery.
Both emotionally conveying to the intellectual investigation of painting. I use thick black marker pens, and mix mediums such as monster graffiti spray paints, household paints, glosses, acrylics, charcoals, vanishes, tapes, screen printing inks, retro clothes patterns and Jigsaws pieces. I attack conventional ideas about individuality and innate creativity by altering lines of perceptions.
And guess what!
“If my name was ART, I would take everyone to a gallery hang them on the walls, criticize them, and then LEAVE!”