Artist Statement

Working from thoughts and memories, Issy has begun to interpret identities and groupings of people through large scale drawings. The forms and thoughts merge and react as the drawing unravels, implying a rambling narrative reminiscent of memories.

Her work is a process of recollection. The forms become responsive to the materials and process of making. The imagined and unconscious thoughts are realised as drawn images, appearing fluid and illusive as memories merge, the drawn marks becoming their language. A sense of community emerges. 

Her paintings evolve from drawings and  become a way to reimagine memories. The energy and movements of the marks and brush strokes are reflections and distortions of the drawn forms. Her work experiments with the balance of relationships between materials, process and time.

Through painting, the immediate charcoal marks can be reimagined through the colour and textures of paint, exploring the emotional memory further. The tension between her private memories and viewers’ projected thoughts onto the work becomes relevant. She's starting to experiment with the presence of her works and how the emotions they evoke can be a collective experience of memory and recognition.




MA: Fine Art, 2019-2021, City and Guilds of London Art School

BA(Hons): Fine Art, Painting, 2016-2019, University of Brighton


National Portrait Gallery, BP Portrait Award: Next Generation, 2015

National Student Art Exhibition, Mall Galleries, 2015