9th June to
2nd July 2000
Josie McCoy is a MA graduate from St Martin's.
Her paintings are in the BBC and in private collections. Her
work was shown in 1999 in Artfutures at the Royal Festival Hall
and is included in the BP Portrait Awards 2000 at the National
Large paintings capture the characters of the TV soap EastEnders
close up, in the most melodramatic and poignant moments. They become
powerful icons which in the gallery interact with one another and
create a dynamic that does not fail to engage the viewer; the characters
take over the space, their gaze suggesting possible dramatic scenarios
and new storylines.
The viewer develops a complex relationship with the work:
of my work relates to a viewer's engagement with a recognisable
image seen out of context. I am interested in what a viewer brings
with them when they look at a painting, be it in terms of memory
or reference, and how this affects the way they look at it"
Josie McCoy, May 2000
photographs of television close-ups, the familiarity of the EastEnders
characters is retained while the images are simpliflied and idealised.
Their green hue references both the luminosity of the screen and
the traditional techniques of tempera painting. It creates an imperceptible
movement which captures the emotion.
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