Sylvia Radford

Untitled (Girls on the Bridge)

76 x 102 cm


“My paintings contend with notions of cultural duality and complex familial relationships. Introducing ideas concerning the inconsistency of memory, cultural and temporal markers, my work revolves around a conceptual layering of time and of navigating unstable and changing positions of self. The essential element in my work is a sense of self, be that depicted naturalistically, abstracted, or both.

Images of fleeting memory, contingent on information that is variegated and constantly edited is key. I develop ‘portraits’ that capture the strangeness and fragments of a remembered subjectivity framed around the unreliability of memory. Taking family photographs, I shift and reframe the imagery to take ownership of the narrative. Although the work is to some extent autobiographical, the way I develop the composite imagery creates possibilities that are both personal and universal.”