Andrea Sinclair [OVERALL WINNER, PAINTING] (Acquired)

Flossie, 2021

63 × 63 cm
My work is based primarily on analogue imagery found in mid 20th Century photography and Super 8 film. I explore the dynamics of memory—of what’s remembered and what’s forgotten; of what to take from the past but, equally, what to let be. Within the found imagery I collect there are gems which beg to be brought to the present through paint. The solid backgrounds are used to give the subject all the attention, and also to represent the abyss from which they have been brought forth from (old unwanted photo albums and second hand store finds). I take great pleasure in spending time with the people in my images and bringing them out to be seen.

My current focus is on 'women of a certain age’; the invisible and overlooked, socially undesirable and ignored women over 50. 'Flossie' is a wonderful example of a woman who may have been forgotten to the past and that would have been our loss.

There is no nostalgia here, but rather an unflinching look at the temporality of time —at its brilliance and purity but equally its distortions and figments of imagination.
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