BA Fine Art: Painting, Wimbledon College of Arts 2014
Antonia is interested bringing fragments of the past back to the present through the medium of painting. Time, memory and the cinematic are recurring themes in her work, with a particular focus on French and Italian new wave cinema and found Super 8 reels.
For her most recent body of work Antonia isolated stills from found footage of family Super 8 reels shot in the 70s and 80s. Carefully selected stills from those reels are appropriated and redefined during the painting process, which allows a distant past to be brought back into the present and new narratives to emerge. Each painting is exactly the same size to mimic the feel of sequencing in a film.
Antonia takes inspiration from a wide range of contemporary and post-impressionist painters such as Peter Doig, Wilhelm Sasnal, Matisse and Pierre Bonnard.
Antonia’s work is created on wood with oil paint, a medium that she finds very versatile. She enjoys creating a blurry effect to the work at the same time as keeping the luminosity of the material. She often works ‘wet on wet’ mixing two colours straight onto the board, which produces unexpected results. Through the bold colours and slightly abstracted scenes within her work, Antonia creates a kind of painted cinematic experience.
Awards and residencies:
Longlisted for the Clyde and Co award 2014, Longlisted for the Signature Art Prize 2015
“I am trying to create a kind of painted cinematic memory... I would like the audience to gain from my paintings a poetic immersive experience that teases the imagination.”