Laura Rhianne Owen

My practice explores the notion of the abject and the representation of beauty and repulsion through abstraction. I have used drawing and painting to represent objects such as decaying flowers and landscape scenery, referring back to analogies of skin and the human body to create paintings with a sense of tactility and physicality. Lines within my paintings are often layered, cut away or covered over with different types of media in order to represent concealment through their destruction.

My paintings explore various techniques of layering and resistance through the use of media such as ink, watercolour, masking tape and acrylic paint. Through layering, my work presents forms which are disfigured and partially concealed, referring to the nature of attempting to hide difficult trauma. The cycle of life and death in natural forms is presented as a process which is beautiful, questioning the nature of beauty and what we can consider to be beautiful.