Lauren Venn

Emotions through colour

Over the past two years I have been studying art and design through my BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma. I have created a number of different projects which reflect the different techniques I have learnt and improved on.

The last 12 months have been challenging due to the pandemic. I have reflected and explored the emotions that I have experienced throughout the pandemic as a focus for my final major project. I have done this by creating 3 abstract paintings that investigate colour and texture. Each colour represents a different feeling. Red meaning anger, green meaning nature and illness, blue symbolises sadness, orange symbolises hope, the yellow represents happiness and purple represents the future.

I was influenced by artists such as Jean Michel-Basquiat and Jackson Pollock. Their unique use of expressionism and abstract art inspired me to investigate a range of techniques that I then went to use in my final pieces. I researched different methods such as acrylic pour, printing with different materials and mark making. I also mixed unusual materials such as sand and sawdust into paint to create thick textures for the background of my pieces. My reasoning for this was to represent the rough times we’ve experienced.
My next chapter will be studying Fine Art at Cardiff Metropolitan University. I am looking forward to exploring new techniques and materials. I hope to find a consistent style that suites me best.