Flouro colour trapped within translucent paper and sleekly applied paint punctuates the space between reality and virtual reality in these figurative paintings. Images of young women are appropriated from Instagram and carefully manipulated to parody the choreography of poses that are encountered daily on social media platforms. In the 1980s Fredric Jameson claimed that visual culure was becoming saturated, resulting in a desensitisation towards photographic imagery. The introduction of the camera phone in contemporary society provides evidence to the contrary, as images still attain the capacity to emotionally affect us. Today there is a weighted awareness of the complexities and anxieties surrounding the appropriation and control of the female figure. Self- portraiture, with its long history in art, has been decontextualised with a new mobile immediacy that allows social media users to depict a carefully curated self that encourages immediate interactive engagement. 

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