Katie Tomlinson

My paintings depict bizarre narratives that are informed by real-life experiences and concentrate on people and situations that I encounter. The works are a response to the everyday, intended for and about the contemporary, digital and atemporal world.

Once I have a narrative that I wish to represent I work on photoshop to create playful digital collages, generally built up of strange stock images found deep on the internet. Collage allows me to take an image outside of its original context, and enables me to manipulate it into a new, socio-political storyline that is often tainted with humour. The works intend to open up a discussion about the characters in the paintings, and consequently question human existence and our society (focusing on British culture in particular). By using abstract and surreal imagery and incorporating symbolism into the painting I distance its original everyday narrative.