For the last couple of years, Twinkle has been working on a series of paintings inspired by post WW2 poet and refugee Janos Pilinszky who wrote a small but poignant body of work on what he experienced.
In particular, Twinkle is responding to Pilinszky's Fable
which is a haunting portrayal of a refugee; isolated and misunderstood, the refugee is symbolised by a lonely wolf.
Twinkle’s paintings are imagined landscapes which she envisages the wolf navigating as he searches for safety. Using oils on paper with mediums that by their very nature oppose each other, painted layers distort and separate. Strange, fairy tale-like landscapes are pulled out of the random markings, and minute detail such as houses, boats and trees are painted amongst them.
Here influence also lies with the works of Chinese artists such as Quo Xi (1020–1090) and Zhang Daqian (1899-1983) whose landscapes are monumental and limitless, allowing for the eye to travel over vast lands, and for the mind to imagine even further beyond.
The landscapes move between dark and dreamy, reflecting the wolf's hope as he falls in love with a house, dreaming of somewhere to call home. But he doesn't see the danger inside - the fear from the human inhabiting the house.
And so the landscapes are also permeated with signs of uneasiness and seclusion, and reference the plight of refugees. Sunken boats, life jackets and clusters of tents among other tell-tale signs can often be found among the rivers, hills and trees.
Born in Coventry, Twinkle (b, 1978) studied Fine Art at Kingston University, spending 18 years in London before heading to Margate where she now lives.
Previous solo shows have been held at The Pure Evil Gallery in Old Street, London and Bristol’s Steal From Work, and for two years Twinkle was represented by the Stella Dore Gallery in Old St London until it closed in 2009.
As well as exhibiting widely in the UK, Twinkle has also exhibited internationally. In 2013 Twinkle was invited to exhibit and participate in an artist residency with Tinsel Edwards at Galerie Michaela Stock in Vienna, and in 2010 was selected to exhibit as part of an emerging British Artist show at Redbull’s prestigious Hangar-7 Gallery in Salzburg. She has also exhibited at LA’s Orange County Centre of Contemporary Art (OCCCA).