These works of abstracted figurative heads are portraits that explore the terrain of identity and the psyche, informed by D’Aragona’s work as a psychotherapist.

The process begins with drawings of heads; eyes and mouths predominate as portals into the body and the inner world and the skin of paint becomes the interface between outer and inner.

In inviting the unpredictable, the surface is disrupted by a process of application, mark making and erasure, mimicking the inconsistency of memory and experiences. Paint is applied by fingers, brushes and implements; the viscosity of the paint is varied from thinned to thick impasto in a juxtaposition of conflicting impulses, the gap between ideal, fantasy and reality and between our techno age and nature.

Education

2002-2009  BA Hons Fine Art (First), University College Falmouth, Cornwall

2013  BathSpa University Postgraduate Certificate in Fine Art

2014/15, 2017  Turps Correspondence – Mentored Painting Course

Awards

2010             National Open Art Competition South West Regional Prize

Exhibitions

2020             ‘Beating Time’, ARB Cambridge

2019             ‘Elemental’, Tremenheere Art Gallery, Penzance

2018             Wells Art Contemporary Open, Selected

2017             NSA Critic’s Choice selected by art critic Nicholas Usherwood, Penzance

2017             Newlyn Society of Artists ‘Borders’  Tremenheere Gallery, Penzance, Selected

2017             Pay and Display, Centrespace Gallery, Bristol, Selected

2016             The Dark Arts – Candid Arts Trust, Islington London, Selected

2016             ‘Correspond’ Artspace Halifax, Rye Creative Centre and IR11 Gallery, Edinburgh

2015             All wrapped Up, Newlyn Society of Artists, Salthouse Gallery St Ives, Selected

2015             ‘Are we almost at a place’, 44ad Gallery, Bath

2015             NSA 293, Newlyn Society of Artists, Penwith Gallery, St Ives, Selected

2014             Wells Art Contemporary Open, Selected

2012              Zeitgist Arts Open, London, Selected

2010              Amiri Prize, National Open Art Competition Chichester, Selected

2010              Silent Signals, St Ives

2010              A Strange Country, The Crypt Gallery, St Ives

2009              National Open Art Competition, Chichester, Selected

2009              Subversive Figures, St Ives Cornwall

2007             Spontaneous Combustion, Cornwall