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Balaclava Babe by Angela Johnson


Angela Johnson (she/they) 
b.1972 UK
Painting, Acrylic on Canvas
84cm x 59cm x 4cm

Angela Johnson is a London-based, multi-disciplinary artist using performance, painting and drawing to investigate and explore the human condition. Her current focus is the impact of societal structures on our experience of ourselves as unique beings. She works to challenge and disrupt the categorisation inherent in defining who we are and hopes to examine the potential that is accessible to us if we become something other than the ‘norm’. Angela uses her performance films to explore her experience of the body and of feeling states, and then uses stills from these as source material to inform her 2D work. She uses a variety of mixed media including acrylic, oil and drawing materials and works on canvas, and more recently found materials. 

‘My practice is focussed on investigating gender as a lived experience and explores the way societal structures can impact the way we strive to fulfill our potential. I ‘dress up’ and film performances of myself, privately, within a domestic space and use these films as source material for my 2D work. I use painting, drawing and printmaking to respond to the film stills and try to communicate the experience of the performance on the body within my work. My hope with my practice is to find ways of opening up a dialogue with people on a deeper, more fundamental level, specifically focussing on who each of us are as unique beings. I want to find threads of experience that will help us to reframe our experiences of ourselves and as a collective, find ways to reconnect and re-orient together.'

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