Hannah F. Tomaszewicz
Through painting, I find freedom in expressing ideas inspired by the artificialness of social media and the perception of beauty promoted through these platforms. My paintings are a blend of figurative realism and impressionist mark-making. I paint paintings to intrigue the viewer, to draw them in, and to prompt introspection through a prolonged time of looking. Colour is vital element in evoking emotions and sensory experiences in the paintings. Focusing on portraiture, I explore the intimacy in the found imagery from social media, which becomes re-contextualised through its exposure to abstract mark making in my paintings. The subject is no longer foregrounded. The paint demands attention. In these paintings, I aim to captivate, provoke thought, and prompt reflection on the nature of artifice, exposing beauty as a construct in a saturated world.