Kirsty Whiten

Website: http://www.kirstywhiten.com

Email: kirstywhiten@gmail.com

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Peacockery, oil and varnish on canvas, 120x150cm

Flatfoot Fronting, oil and varnish on canvas, 120x150cm

The Quing of the Now People, oil and varnish on canvas, 120x150cm

Flower Monkey Relic, watercolour and pencil on paper, 80x60cm

Leg Monkey Relic, watercolour and pencil on paper, 80x60cm

Ribbon Monkey Relic, watercolour and pencil on paper, 80x60cm


Statement

I'm striving to make frank images of people, dealing with their psychology and instincts. I am always concerned with picking apart the social norm, exploring gender, sexuality, and accepted social behavior.
I have an ongoing fascination with ritual objects from all world cultures and in my work I often return to anthropology, psychology and the study of humans as just another animal.
My recent images are from the series 'Wronger Rites', a collection of created or mis-remembered rituals, acted out by a congregation of bacchanalian, gender bending, amoral-yet-moral, wild sexual exploring ‘Now Peoples’ overseen by their Quing.'
In the rituals I created roles for the men, women and people between, to allow more freedom for their bodies and drives than we give our civilised selves.


Biography

I graduated from Edinburgh Collage of Art in 1999 and spent a year in Paris at La Cite Internationale des Arts. I learned a great deal from this community of international artists, mostly there on Residencies, who were all older and more advanced in their careers than myself. I returned to Edinburgh in 2001, which was my base for a decade, then moved out into the countryside to build an eco house and studios with my partner. I have a strong studio practice, and have exhibited regularly in Edinburgh, Glasgow (Recoat Gallery), London (Stolenspace Gallery) and internationally.

CV

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