Artist in Residence Georgina Harris

Mon, 27 Sep - Mon, 06 Dec
Maker’s Studio, Bankside Hotel
Bankside Hotel, London SE1 9JU
Georgina is from London and currently based in Morecambe, Lancashire. In 2020 she graduated from Lancaster University and won the Freelands Painting Prize. 

Georgina's work investigates how our bodies are emotionally and physically intertwined with the natural landscape. She is interested in painting worlds where the real and the mythical exist together. 

Georgina paint outdoors in oils or acrylics, working quickly and instinctively. It takes her a few hours to complete a painting. She builds up layers of colour and gesture varying from soft washes to impasto stabs, from luminous glazes to opaque blobs of colour. With each brush mark she attempts to depict the landscape as something felt by the body. Each brushstroke depicting a feeling, a phenomenon.

Back in the studio, Georgina paints the places she has walked, based on memory, and referencing paintings made on location. These works take the form of alternative maps of an area, and can be of places she visits for the day, or that she returns to for years.

By working in this way, her work attempts to paint a whole new picture of a place. Painting feels like exploring a surreal world, she never knows what the painting is going to contain once it is finished. It’s like world building, and Georgina hope the viewer feels as if her paintings contain a space which they could walk into.

Georgina's work rejects the calculated, geographical perception of place, and embraces the emotional entanglement we have with the landscapes we move through; our memories that are embedded in the landscape. Fundamentally, she hopes her paintings present an alternative way to relate to the natural world.

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