In the twenty-first century it is always interesting to see a fine artist conflating traditional materials with new technology. This is the case in the work of Angela Edwards whose prime medium is oil paint on board or canvas and sometimes charcoal on paper, with the methodology of her subject matter coming directly from digital media, such as video, streamed images and often the use of her iPhone.
Angela’s central thesis is connected to a notion of ‘home’, a theme explored from many different perspectives and one she continually returns to. This ranges from captured images of people returning home from their work environments to the movement of people across continents, namely refugees and asylum seekers – all the representation of people in her work are seeking the solace of home and belonging.
The representation of people moving through defined spaces, also gives focus to the notion, that while we weave in and out of the spaces of our daily life, there is often a lack of consciousness of critical issues that are occurring in the larger world, thus a certain alienation.
This is evident through the digital layering and shadowing of the images, where the ‘real’ is transformed, into a type of hyper-real, namely, a simulacrum, where a work is not presented as a copy of the ‘real’ but becomes, via the transformed image, a truth in it own right.
By Pauline Ford (Art Historian)
BA (hons) First Class in Fine Art Painting 2014
Kellie Miller Arts Gallery, Market st, Brighton, East Sussex.
Solo Exhibition St Paul’s Centre, Worthing, Feb 2013
‘Metaphysical Objectivity in Comparison to Realism’ Group Show (One of the eight selected Saatchi artists chosen for the group show) Lloyd Gill Gallery April-May 2013
Free-Range Exhibition Old Truman Brewery Brick Lane July 2-8th 2014
Worthing Museum Exhibition with Worthing Art studio Artists Nov 2014
Islington Contemporary Art and Design Fair Candid Arts Trust Islington Nov 2014
iSee Exhibition (Exhibited and Curated) Worthing Museum and Art Gallery July 2015
Candida Stevens Fine Art Gallery Chichester 15-17th February 2016 Part of a touring group exhibition for Big Heart Auction, with proceeds to Chestnut Tree House
The Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne. 7-9th of June. Part of a touring exhibition for the Big heart Auction.
Kellie Miller Arts Gallery, Brighton. Showcase exhibition July 2017
Gallery 57, Arundel Group show Nov 2017
Shortlisted for Saatchi online ‘Places and Spaces’ Showdown 2012
Angela’s work is held in private collections internationally.