Samantha Humphreys

Art, Photography & Inspiration

Observation & Commentary

“Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.” -George Bernard Shaw

Brighton

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Brighton (2016) Acrylic, Ink & Carbon print on paper.

Fading Memory

For the last few years my work has predominantly been concerned with social media and life documenting. In contrast I have recently found my interest reaching toward the distorted memories that a life spent documenting our daily life events creates. I have begun to create work that plays with real fragments of memories, or at least real to me: and if changed or distorted it is only through the naturally ageing brain rather than the memory having been enhanced to begin with.

I am particularly excited by the stirring of a long forgotten moment, triggered by something seemingly unrelated. I recently walked into a room and a structure in the corner reminded me of an aviary. I then remembered that I often visited the aviary in Sefton Park, Liverpool during weekends with my grandparents.

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Before 13 (2016), Acrylic, Ink, Pencil & Carbon print on paper

 

The Walk

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The Walk, Acrylic & Ink on Plasterboard, Samantha Humphreys (2016)

This piece is a narrative from memories of my Grandma combining both early and latter recollections.

Two Minutes

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Two Minutes, Pastel on cardboard

 

Untitled

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Untitled, (2016) Acrylic on board

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Untitled (2016) Acrylic, Coffee and Pins on board.

Inspired by recent research into Abstract Expressionism, I’m exploring painting at times when I’m feeling certain emotions. I chose paint as a medium as it is not a material I am used to so using it it this way was certain to add something to the outcome. (I was not likely to be influenced by previous ways of working)

Displacement

We have moved on from the restrictive apparatus that connected us to others.They have been replaced by multiple devices that keep us connected and in constant demand

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Tryptich

The power of three tryptich2

Forever Portrait

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Before we had the technology that we enjoy today, art was used as a way to shape the perceived identity of those who ruled. In the time before photography, camera phones and celebrity imagery, leaders commissioned paintings and sculptures of themselves as a way to communicate a powerful image of themselves. It was a false representation but it was necessary to encourage and maintain the public’s confidence in them.

In today’s world we create an infinite self-portrait when we update our online status, forever commenting upon our evolving identities.

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