Saturnalia (Sweet art group show at Juno bar in Shorditch)

I have always been captivated by the methods in which people across history have celebrated the things important to their lives such as nature, the life process and the cycles of the weather. This often involves creating costumes out of items immediately available and spiritually significant to them and the ritual they are performing. Large religions such as Catholicism have largely reduced these pagan rituals and the developments of modern society has separated us even further from nature and made these images to be something of an abstract concept to us.

Inspired by this, I am currently working on a series of mixed media paintings, which depict a variety of people from around the world adorned in costumes traditional to their beliefs. I read about this exhibition and with the subject already fascinating me I believed it fitted perfectly around the aesthetic I am currently exploring.