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Acrylic, Collage and oil pastel on canvas

78.5 × 100 cm


Guide Price: £2,000

Jo Kitchen b. 1996 lives and works in London. Blurring the lines between reality and fiction, Jo Kitchen’s work flirts with the romance of the re-appropriated memory. Bold and punchy, Kitchen’s work romanticises the haze of her own biographical experiences with that of her hyper-idealised hindsight. Memories of the artist’s own experiences of time and situations are visualised in Kitchen’s distorted textures and impasto application of paint. Kitchen often reworks the surface of her paintings into layered representations of abstracted forms; she finds importance in fruit bowls found next to cigarette butts and reimagined still lives from the night before. Steeped in nostalgia, Kitchen’s work speaks with a tone of sentimentality. Her subject is sometimes reminiscent of an object-come-memory, rooted at first in the mundanity of the everyday; through emotional association, the artist elevates her subjects into objects of existential fiction – props in a narrative Kitchen is constantly re-writing. Jo was one of the ten artists on the Blue Shop Cottage residency 2021.

Terms and Conditions: Please note all works will be available for collection from Wednesday 17 November 2021 at Freedom from Torture offices, 111 Isledon Road, London N7 7JW. The artwork will be safely stored, free of charge until Friday 17 December 2021. Alternatively, Freedom from Torture can help organise national and international delivery of artworks through a third party, to the winner. The winning bidder will be responsible for all delivery costs and will be invoiced directly by the third party.

Lot No.: EL89-96-00042
Kindly donated by Jo Kitchen and Blue Shop Cottage