Coffee Morning #5, 2021
76 x 57 cm
Soft Pastel on Fine Art Paper
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Medium: Soft Pastel on Fine Art Paper
Signature: On the back
Condition: Brand new
Certificate of Authenticity: Included
This brand new intimate portrait is part of the Coffee Morning series in which she reflects on the complications of the female body image and how that is perceived in art and other imagery. Still partially abstract, this series is more figurative than her older work. The fluid lines of these artworks have a certain tenderness and feel very personal and - in a sense - recognisable. Working from memory, the work is partially abstract to retain a sense of ambiguity. This way, the work remains open for the viewers' own assumptions of the subject of the painting. As drawing is the common thread that runs throughout her entire practice, every one of her paintings begins with gestural marks, forged in charcoal from memories of the human figure, be it hers or another’s. Both in the planning of the work and in the resolved image. Its immediacy and honesty provide the bridge needed between her subconscious and physical awareness, her mind and body. Through a continuous process of constructing and deconstructing layers, this constellation of marks flow through form and space, blurring the line between interior and exterior.
Interested in our increasingly fragile relationship with the physical, the body is central in C. Lucy R. Whitehead’s work. She explores this fragility both in the sense of the awareness we have with our own bodies and with the spaces they inhabit. Shifting between various degrees of abstraction, her work ranges from completely fragmented abstract forms to partial figurative human silhouettes. In a recognisable colour palette of dark charcoal and flesh tones, in every degree of abstraction, there is a certain intimate softness present in her work. Lucy holds a BA (Hons) in Drawing at Camberwell College of Arts and is currently finishing an MA in Painting at the RCA.
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