Louise Thomas & Francesca Anfossi - Sunspot Mirage
francesca anfossi & louise thomas
The paintings of Louise Thomas concern themselves with the dissonance between architectural structures and the surrounding world. Relying upon a broad reference base, the artist draws from her own travels as well as holiday brochures and photographic resources. With these images as a starting point, she seeks to excavate the architecture of abandoned resort sites, including 1930s Italian nationalist-socialist architecture, North American resort complexes, Victorian hospitals, and Lidos. Her painterly brushstrokes highlight an abstracted sense of nostalgia and the failed space of holiday paradise. Through the haunted stillness of her canvases, the artist attempts to ameliorate dystopian spaces by allowing a new visual experience through the juxtaposition of historical and contemporary sites.
The references made by Louise Thomas
to leisure sites and
Through similar structures and shapes, and despite visually distinct results, both artists explore sites and experiences of perceived paradise. While Thomas conflates her fragmented images in paint and Anfossi builds up an environment through collage, each artist attempts to reclaim memories and capture fleeting moments of existence.
Louise Thomas is a recent graduate
of University College Falmouth. In
October 2007, she was short listed for the 4 New Sensations Art Prize,
hosted by the Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4. Group shows include Concrete
Hole You Clench my Soul, PZ Gallery, Penzance (2007), a self-curated group show and Second
X-Posure Present 'Revolver', PZ Gallery,
Francesca Anfossi is a graduate of