Araminta Blue is interested in how the imagined space can be used as an escape andprotection from our 'reality', whilst at the same time it can help us view the real experiencewith an added clarity. The oil paint is either diluted to act like watercolour, applied in washes,scrubbed with rags or thickened to a clay or cement-like consistency that is slicked andscratched. The canvas is treated like a drawing on paper: the process of making the work isopen to the viewer in the translucent layers and visibly scrubbed out marks. The subjectsweave together, emerging and dissolving into the canvas. Colliding different uses of paintand adapting forms help to express fragmented bodily sensation. Parts of figures are seen asfragile, vulnerable, transient - pieces are missing, absorbed into the setting. Other parts aremore vibrant and energetic with intense colour. Then other areas have a sense of strength,protective armour or shell-like layers. The subjects are familiar yet unplaceable, allowing forinterpretative narratives.Read More
Araminta Blue (b. 1990, Cyprus) works and lives in London. She graduated with a masters inpainting from the Slade School of Art in 2019. She also holds a BAHons from Ruskin School ofArt, was the recipient of the Artists Collecting Society Studio Prize 2019 and shortlisted forthe Chadwell Award, Derek Hill Scholarship and Hix Award in recent years.