Commended Entry of the Week: Catherine MacDiarmid
Our sixth commended entry for the Jackson’s Open Painting Prize 2019 is by Catherine MacDiarmid. During the competition’s entry period, we will be commending one entry each week that we think is of exceptional quality. All commended entries are automatically added to the longlist, meaning they will be considered for the six Category Prizes, the People’s Choice Award, the Shortlist, the Emerging Artist Prize and the Overall Prize. To submit your work, please go to the Jackson’s Open Painting Prize website.
Commended Entry: Catherine MacDiarmid
Behind the White Witch Paint
Oil on canvas
30 x 25 x 4 cm
‘Behind the Paint [series] focuses on the masks and disguises people have, as either pseudo or assumed barriers. The theme developed from my sideline business of face painting, which evolved from a love of face painting my own children. Having two boys with Autism Spectrum Condition I discovered that they found disguises a helpful tool which displaced themselves from the world around. They always enjoy dressing up and these other personas fascinate me. I was keen to see how much of the original character remains when protected by a guise, and whether I could still paint that person behind the paint.’