Amelia Clark-Sutton

BA (Hons) Fine Art | Class of 2020

My practice dwells on the concept of narrative art and is fundamentally influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites. My work is a response to their conventional portrayal of women as delicate damsels. I reimagine their use of floriography, the symbolism of flowers, as well as alchemical colour symbology to create images of strong and complex female characters from modern film and literature. I also take inspiration from contemporary female artists Anj Smith and Yana Movchan, who both use floriography and entomology to adorn and describe their feminine subjects.

My intricate process requires thin layers of acrylic paint, often mixed with glazing medium, to emulate the flawless blending in Movchan’s oil paintings. Like Smith, I also add three-dimensional details using impasto to create another level of texture and immersion to my paintings.

My work is an allegory for women; their complexity dwells behind visuals which can unfortunately be overlooked, assumed or dismissed.