statement

My work takes the form of on-going narrative cycles which are played out along similar themes of gender, social fantasy and sexuality. Fantasy art, Horror film, Dutch genre painting of the Golden Age and fan cultures are some of my main influences. Archetypal cultural constructions of the feminine are undermined and reworked in the form of intensely unique characters with complex and enigmatic personalities.

The many verdantly abundant green skinned female fictional characters from contemporary mythology provide inspiration for my current series titled ‘Green Women’, intermingling texts from horror, science fiction and fantasy. The grotesque figure of the witch, or possessed woman, and her counter-opposite, the exotic and eroticised ¬†femme fatale, are meshed together through a dual reference to two culturally emblematic incarnations: The Wicked Witch of The West in The Wizard of Oz and The Orion slave girls from Star Treck. My theme is structured around three schematic devices; colour theory, character construction and word play and the subject is emboldened through the delivery of these aesthetic and conceptual modes, enabling an operatic, richly styled and coercive form of language. From their over-determined origin, I recast my subjects as provocative and knowing authors of their own identity, role playing wicked and wanton women with costume and green grease paint, and rehearsing art historical styles with elements of parody and pastiche.

Rebecca Parkin gained the Basil Alkazzi Scholarship at The Royal College of Art and graduated in 2009. She currently practices from her studio in north London.