Lot 94 - Naomi Boiko-Stapleton - I dreamt I was a butterfly
Watercolour on cotton
Signed on Verso
This auction is raising proceeds for War Child UK
Naomi portrays a fragmented mythology using recurring symbols as an aid to unveil previously forgotten memories. Her intimate iconography reconciles her experience of loss, inviting ever-evolving reinterpretations of a personal mythology. The titles are mediated from conversations with her mother before she passed, and now late-night ones shared with her sister. The imagery is inspired by these not as a literal depiction, but an embodiment of the sensations that memories provoke but cannot put into words. Naomi is interested in how painting, combined with text fragments, empowers the re-experiencing of a moment.
In the work people emerge as otherworldly beings, perhaps they are ghosts, gods, or vessels. Naomi uses the medium of watercolour on stretched cotton, its sensitivity allows the work to hint at a forms perceptible outline without reducing it to a fixed image or narrative. The space embodies an unearthly presence, appearing and disappearing simultaneously.
2022 BA (hons) Fine art painting, University of Brighton, First class
2019 Level 3 diploma fine art (UAL awarding body), Bedford College, Distinction
2022 ‘Winter exhibition’, Woburn art gallery, Woburn
2022 ‘It’s my life’ House of Smalls, Online
2022 ‘Shapes and things’ Open Ealing art studio, London
2022 ‘Brighton degree show’, Grand parade, Brighton
2022 ‘Dot to dot’ Coachwerks Gallery, Brighton
2022 ‘Relationship with the self’ Take courage gallery, London
2022 ‘LSM art award’ LSM offices, London
2022 ‘Autumn exhibition’ Gallerie V, Cambridge
2022 ‘Accessible art show’ Black white gallery, London
2022 ‘Juice box’ RuptureXIBIT, London
2022 ‘Night flowers’ The flower gallery, Bedford
2023 ‘Yourself in my shoes’ Tube culture hall, Milan
2023 ‘Spring exhibition’ Gallerie V, Cambridge
LSM Art Award 2022
Nominated for Nagoya Arts award 2022
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