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About my practice


Marmite Hater
— Kit Forrest
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Watercolour  on Paper

Wet-on-wet, or alla prima (Italian, meaning at first attempt), is a painting technique, used mostly in oil painting (but not exclusively), in which layers of wet paint are applied to previously administered layers of wet paint.
This technique requires a fast way of working, because the work has to be finished before the first layers have dried. It may also be referred to as direct painting or the French term au premier coup (at first stroke).[1]
— Wikipedia

"Paint is often my go to medium for when I want to both work things out and switch off from 'real life, I'm not choosey about which type of paint, just whatever is in reach"

A comfort blanket for lactating humans

...she has lost the power of autonomy and free will in her own life.
From the first moment of her pregnancy, a woman finds herself subject to forces over which she has no control, not least those of the body itself.
This subjection applies equally to the unknown and the known : she is her body’s subject, her doctor’s subject, her baby’s subject, and in this biological work she has undertaken she becomes society’s and history’s subject too.
But where she feels the subjection most is in the territories, whatever they are that in her pre-maternal life she made her own.

The threat to what made her herself to what made her an individual : this is what the mother finds hardest to live down.

Having been told all her life to value her individuality and pursue its aims, she encounters an outright contradiction, a betrayal – even among the very gatekeepers of her identity, her husband or colleagues or friends – in the requirement that she surrender it.
— Cusk,R.(2011)“From liberty + equality to the maternal grind” The New Review, The Observer, April 3rd, 2011.

"After years of push and pull with paint and art making in general it was one afternoon on a rainy September afternoon that I began to accept the tension, the ebb and flow; that day I made a pact with myself to stop feeling so impatient to have all the answers in my art practice (and in my life in general actually).

I realised that it was not necessary for it all to come to me easily, like it seemingly did for so many others. Then I realised that everyone probably feels this way at one time or another and that it is okay!

There is no 'finished', just a process and the privileged opportunity to show up in my studio and be grateful that I get to play, something which not many allow themselves the chance to do once 'grown up’."

The domestic Paintress 

Nurture life; Walk in love and beauty; Trust the knowledge that comes through the body; Speak the truth about conflict, pain, and suffering; Take only what you need; Think about the consequences of your actions for seven generations; Approach the taking of life with great restraint; Practice great generosity; Repair the web.
— Goddess ethical beliefs according to Goddess theologian Carol P. Christ

"The sudden surge of ideas that flowed from me with my eldest child had felt at times overwhelming and frustrating.

As a new Mother I had ideas for art projects I had no idea how to make, for business ventures that seemed impossible to ever be able to realise and social projects that would involve me needing to actually dress myself, leave the house and manage an actual conversation with other adults… none of these things felt in any way achievable at first and it really got me down.

 I now have in place some strategies that serve me well though and the tendency to feel out of control is better managed (most the time) now."




Work with me

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