JOSIE MCCOY
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I am currently working on a series of paintings and lithographs inspired by the idea
of the ‘American Dream’, and the inevitable darker subtext that is present in any
paradise.

Using oil paint like watercolour, I build up the painting in thin layers to make the
surface glow - an imitation of a television screen.  The unearthly colours accentuate
this.  The green hue references traditional techniques of painting, where green was
used as under-painting to give luminosity to the surface colour.  

Painting offers a version of reality in the same way as films do.  Working from
photographs of the television screen allows me to paint an isolated, spontaneous
moment, which the character hasn’t specifically performed for.  I paint portraits of
these unreal moments.  I pare down the image to include only the information
required for the character to be recognisable and for their expression to be conveyed
to the audience.  The viewer is presented with a split second of time, suspended in
paint.