Kirsty Riddell in studio
Kirsty Riddell in studio
Kirsty Riddell in studio

My art practice has always involved creating kaleidoscopic and fragmented fantasy worlds. This has been expressed in a range of media; painting, collage, photography, film and laterally drawing. I enjoy collaborating with other artists where shared ideas in an interdisciplinary approach can be explored. I have collaborated with an origami artist, fashion designer, installation artist, an upholsterer, and a candle maker.

My designs are drawn from my conscious and subconscious thoughts.  They flow from a meditative state, focusing and clarifying my mind whilst blurring the lines between fantasy and reality. I often utilise the concept behind the Zentangle method with a mindful approach to my art practice, where the drawing is free from conscious intention and reaches its own conclusion within the process itself.  My drawings are inspired by observing and responding to the world around me; shapes, colour, patterns, emotions, and sounds for example. I don’t have a pre-conceived idea of what the overall image will look like, allowing the process to unravel and for the piece to find its own conclusion.

I studied a BA in Painting at Camberwell College of Art, graduating in 2013. After graduating whilst working on various teaching and volunteer work, I combined this with my own artistic practice. My drawings have been worked into a range of products from bespoke art pieces, limited edition prints and home furnishings.

I am currently doing a part time MA Art Psychotherapy course at Goldsmiths University. I am intrigued to discover the influence the course at Goldsmiths is going to have on my art practice, and how it might impact my personal development and identity as an artist.