An Artist’s Statement

21st April 2007 - 28th May 2007

People are my main source of inspiration. Their faces, the movement of their bodies; the way that the slightest most subtle shift conveys a depth of feeling of which they are mostly unaware. I am compelled by the erratic, unpredictable moments in life; what it means to be human. It is the moments in between action, the point of transition; the moment of ambiguity of purpose where someone weeping can erupt into laughter or vice versa, that I aim to capture.

An element in art, chiaroscuro (Italian for clear-dark) is defined as a bold contrast between light and dark. It originated in the Renaissance and originally described a technique where an artist worked from a base tone toward the light and dark with a variety of materials including watercolour. I experimented with the concept by limiting myself to single colour against the dark. The colours I selected to enhance and amplify the potential emotions of the subjects to allow the audience to claim their own experience from the pieces.

My work is a permutation of organic human emotion, colour and chiaroscuro. I utilise this amalgamation [in my work] as a vehicle for emotive expression, an amplification of the transition of emotion to body language.

Stephnie Wilton


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Friday, January 19, 2007

Series in Blue and Red, Three Pieces, each A4 size

This series was a present for my boyfriend's housewarming. I used the colours he picked for his dining room, and framed them in plain black glass frames. These pieces are NFS, and are for display purposes only. Feel free to comment on them! - SJ

Columbine, 45cmx60cm

This is one of the first portrait pieces I have attempted without the aid of a model. Columbine came out of my love of famous women. Not Angelina, Jennifer, Oprah or anything like that, but famous women from history and legend and myth. The Columbine was from the Italian Commedia dell'arte theatre, and was one of the first women characters to be allowed on stage. Columbine is special to me for the fact that she brings out my creative side. She looks at me from the wall and seems to say, "Come on! Get some art happening!" Interested? Make me an offer on the comments board!-SJ

Wooden Roses 30cm x 45cm

This piece is currently unfinished. It has evolved so much from were it first started, and hopefully, is still evolving! It is one of the smallest canvas' I have done, which is probably why it's been such a challenge! If you’re interested in purchasing this piece, it is currently listed as Negotiation, so leave some details with the title (Wooden Roses) on the comments and I'll get back to you ASAP. I'll post more of this one as it reaches it's final stages of creation! -SJ
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