'252 Solitude', Stephanie Kingston
Oil on canvas,182.5 x 213.5 cm, 2007
The spaces of memory, through their painterly reconstruction, can offer liberation or entrapment. The act of painting late at night, attempting a lucid realisation of place, one part known yet twisted by remembering, has on this occasion produced a 'cell'. Pattern becomes the fetters; wallpaper and paste hide and reveal the code of isolation. The over-lit realm of personal surveillance augments the experience of insomnia.
Stephanie Kingston was born in London in 1968. She studied there at Camberwell College of Arts 1986-87, The Slade School of Fine Art 1987-91 and Chelsea College of Art 1993-94. Group shows include 'Making a Mark' Mall Galleries London 1996, 'The Poster Show' Cabinet Gallery London 2000, 'Pattern Crazy' Crafts Council London 2002,' Hunting Art Prize' The Royal College of Art London 2003 and 'Miniatures' Kyubidou Gallery Tokyo 2003. Solo shows include 'Alternative Arts' London 1993, 1997 and 'Visual Departures' Limelight Gallery London 1997. Awards include 'The Swiss Bank Corporation European Painting Prize' (British winner) 1994. She currently teaches at The Godolphin and Latymer School London.