"I had the idea for this painting percolating in my head for some time before I started it. I knew that I wanted to make a ‘mirror effect’ painting which could act to resemble myself in many different moods and temperaments. During a time where we have been restricted as a society from social interactions and regular upkeeping of relationships, it became necessary for me to start spending more and more time on my own. From this I realised how much I constantly battle with myself, but also champion and comfort myself when necessary too. That’s sort of what I’m trying to say in this painting - that you can be your own friend and worst enemy at the same time, and I think that that is quite lovely to think about.
Within my work I try to convey themes of total honesty, and in doing so, view each piece of work that I make as a self portrait of sorts. I use bright and vivid colours and often produce work on a large scale in order to communicate emotions expressively. Moreover, in making my work with a stream of consciousness nature in mind, I aim to produce artwork that allows one to get to know me as a person as well as an artist. I view my work as a method of escapism and see humour and everyday themes as key components in this practise. Whilst I am fascinated with the theme of nostalgia, by contrast I view my work as totally present, changing and developing every day, akin to my own life.” - Nell Mitchell, 2021
Education: Glasgow School of Art BA Painting and Printmaking
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