Oil and Acrylic on Linen
Original size: 180 x 230 cm
Photographer: David Lawson Commercial Photography
Laura Lancaster lives and works in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK. She uses found anonymous snapshots/slides and archive material as the source material for her paintings - the transformative process of painting allows for the exploration of the complexities of this enigmatic source material and the elevation of the imagery from the mundane to the monumental. Lancaster is represented by Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK.
The painting selected for (detail) is based on a photograph of children wearing masks - and is from a recently completed series of people in masks, fancy dress, and clowns. This series investigates how the banal can become quite alien and absurd when the photographic evidence of human rituals is removed from its original context. Lancaster uses the painting process to navigate this indeterminacy of meaning.