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Rosie Groom


Throughout her practice, Rosie Groom explores the complexity of emotion and the impact of ambiguity in portraiture. Using symbolism and metaphor to conceal and suggest hidden meanings within the work, Groom assigns personal significance to colour, encouraging her viewer to interpret her paintings in relation to their own experiences, forming a connection between artist and audience. Using traditional oil painting techniques, Groom complements conventional portraiture with contemporary themes, incorporating elements of surrealism to allude to dream-like states. Using the self-image as a vessel to communicate intimate thoughts, her portraits portray candid self-expression whilst denying absolute clarification, proposing the concept of uncertainty and introducing the potential for deception or confusion. Recently she has introduced more sculptural forms into her practice. Bright colours and erratic shapes represent the manifestation of thought, reducing emotion down to basic physical structures. Questioning personal existence and the interpretation of the self, Groom uses self-portraiture as catharsis, in a bid to understand both her own presentation of identity and that of others.

Jack Richards