From three very different practices each of the Pretty Vacant artists have arrived at a communality of purpose. Starting from the position of the 'unthinking mechanical process of making' a presupposed blankness of purpose, their lo-fi methods reveal an interest in the 'beautifully banal'. Resulting in work which shows a quiet passion for their subject matter, a romantic engagement with narrative and an inexplicable thrill in the mundane.
Nina Ogden uses obsessive detail culled from eggs, bees and tadpoles to create surreal characters that confuse perceptions of space and metaphysical opposites. Keara Stewart delicately displays in deadpan drawing and sculpture her fascination with the unknown stories left behind in architecture. Rachel Potts uses a blank detachment to counteract prettiness in the painted surface and check the suggestion of fantasy.
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