Nostalgia by Tess Spalty
Limited edition of 20 + 2AP
In dreams, I cannot always see the face of the person in front of me. I know who it is, but I can only see them at an impossible angle.
Tess Spalty’s colourful and dreamlike paintings are meditations on the artist’s childhood, experiences and inner life. She creates them with dye on muslin resembling watercolour paintings.
50x60 cm Hahnemühle paper
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About the artist
Ever since I was young, scary movies haunted my dreams. My nightmares were trapped inside the walls of The Shining’s Overlook Hotel, The Exorcist’s bedroom, and Rosemary’s Baby’s apartment. The faces of my nightmarish intruders existed just out of reach, but I could feel the terror of their presence. These dreams have followed me into my adult life, and I have found solace in illustrating the monsters of my nightmares in my paintings.
Living in Japan on and off for nine years, I have always been struck by the quietness of Japanese horror films and the fluid, pictorial story-telling of the “floating world” in Japanese printmaking. Merging these Japanese sensitivities has helped guide the ghostly direction of my paintings.
I paint with dyes and oil pastels on muslin, a semi-translucent fabric. On this fabric, the dyes create an airy landscape from which my painted figures can emerge or hide, depending on the light cast on the painting. From morning light to evening light, the creatures within the paintings experience a physical visual transform. The closer I come to accurately capturing the hauntings of my dreams in the physical world, the more at peace I feel with myself.