Kiosk – Red, Green, Blue, 2013
Gouache on board
Original size: 38 x 34 cm
Photographer: Bernard G. Mills
Kiosk – Red, Green, Blue is one of a series of paintings Bristow has been making since 2004. Her process begins by making an arrangement of models and collage elements, reminiscent of miniature stage sets, on a table in her studio. She then paints this arrangement fairly realistically. The paintings contain narrative, although she rarely begins with a definite story in mind. Instead, the exploratory process of making the work allows her to discover or construct meaning from the combination and juxtaposition of elements. The ‘meaning’ or story remains quite loose – without the expectation the viewer will be able to interpret it literally, but with the hope that they will get hints of meaning, and begin to make their own connections based on their understanding of the painting and what is represented. In her work for (detail) the elements include a model of a kiosk selling bread, which Bristow photographed in Moscow, and a paperback book bought in a second-hand bookshop in Prague.
Recent solo exhibitions include: Unofficial Paintings in the De'Longhi Print Room at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, 2013; Hidden Persuaders, Permanent Gallery, Brighton and Geheime Verführer, Laura Mars Grp, Berlin, both 2009.
Recent group shows include: Memory of a Hope, Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool, 2011; Pre-Production, Occupy My Time Gallery, London and Self Made Worlds, Wimbledon Space, both 2013.