The art group I belong to has been on a bit of a buying spree lately. We have since purchased one of Sam Mitchell's works from Melanie Rodger's gallery (top left). The portrait is of Scottish poet Helen Bannerman. At that time woman were not permitted into British universities and she had to sit external exams at the University of St Andrews where she obtained the qualification of LLA (Lady Literate in Arts). Her books were later censored or black listed.
I like Mitchell's work because it is irreverant and rebellious. The tension between projection and inner desire makes a very two dimensional work become quite real. Painted backwards and reverse on perspex, Mitchell's works looks like they are floating. Her aesthetic reminds me of tattoo parlours and Mills & Boon novels.
BY HOLLY CLARKE