Our next featured artist from our Painted Surface exhibition is Fatma Ummanel, who recently graduated with a BA Fine Art degree from the University of Northampton. We selected Fatma to showcase her work with us due to the depths and textures in her painting technique and her interesting take on portraiture.
Check out her artist statement here:
My practice deals with notions of identity and concepts around the self, via portraiture. Portraiture to me is a reflection of a person’s identity, but also a reflection of myself as the artist creating the work. I class myself as a representational painter, however there is an element of distortion, manipulation and abstraction within my work. As an artist my work is about being able to incorporate both languages in tandem.
My work uses two differing painterly approaches. The more abstract the marks become in the underwater paintings, the more the focus deviates from the accuracy of the subject matter, to the actual act of painting itself. The underwater paintings next to the other more traditional approaches towards portraiture, highlight how distortion can disturb and alter an identity. The two triptychs (six paintings) each show a different side to the same person, reaffirming how one’s identity is not fixed. The fluidity of this concept is re-iterated through the shift between the narrative of being in and out of water. The words of the artist Jenny Saville are particularly relevant here “If there’s a narrative, I want it in the flesh”.
Although these are not ‘self-portraits’, as an artist I have felt that they show a part of myself through their creation. The work not only questions identity as a singular concept but also explores differing approaches to painting.
We wish her good luck in her future as an artist!
Visit her website here: www.fatmaummanelart.com
Written by Pippa Lynott