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Lindsay Simons

My work is a process of gathering and re-using.  I plunder images from old master paintings of women by Leonardo, Titian, Raphael and Bronzino.  I also collect cuttings from magazines and illustrations of plants and still life  paintings from the Renaissance.  In using these appropriated images I question the notion of beauty and how it is represented and constructed by society.  I also want to investigate the power and seduction of these images and consider how they have been mediated through mass production.   paintings from the Renaissance

In my picture making I use stuff from the house such as tumble dryer felt, Hoover dust, lace table cloths and doilies. They refer to domesticity, cleaning, washing and eating – the mundane and fundamental processes of living.  The lace and embroidered table cloths were made by women and considered to have no aesthetic value.  I would like to elevate these objects to the realm of fine art and acknowledge their inherent value and history in the lives of women.  In some paintings I use the triptych format which has religious and art historical connotations.  I want to create a dialogue between different images and times frames.  The tumble dryer felt takes on the equivalence of a painted surface and is evidence of a history or a trace.

I construct my paintings by using these disparate elements.  The backgrounds are made from sticking the different materials to the canvas and then applying layers of dribbled paint.  I play with loss of control and random mark making and the manipulation of colour.  The figurative image is cropped and painted with carefully built-up layers to mimic the original.  Through these processes I can experiment with ways of rendering and different languages of painting.  I can also control what is seen or concealed and manipulate the gaze of the viewer and the viewed.  In the process of painting I try and create beautiful or seductive images but I also attempt to disrupt the reading by creating a sense of unease and questioning.

B204, Chocolate Factory 1
Clarendon Road
Wood Green, London
N22 6XJ
07528 240 608, 0207 609 0755

The Chocolate Factories in Wood Green, London N22, are a landmark development and hub of excellence for the creative industries in the UK.

The project started in 1996 when Collage Arts, an arts development agency, moved into the Chocolate Factory on Clarendon Road and converted several derelict floors of the Factory into artist studios.

What followed was a high demand for creative space and in 2002, Collage Arts renovated Chocolate Factory 2 on Coburg Road, next door.

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