ARTIST STATEMENT

Sitting somewhere between painting, sculpture and archive, Bex Massey’s work examines the role of painting and the language of display in the face of popular culture. Through the amalgamation of sculptural form and simulacra she investigates notions of worth, both in terms of allegory; the phenomena of celebrity; the throw away nature of British popular culture and the undercurrent of anxiety drifting just below the surface of daily life.  These immersive painting installations display and refashion paraphernalia appropriated from her adolescence in an ‘awkward couple’ of garish nostalgia and traditional making techniques.  In so doing she enables the audience to independently manufacture their own personal histories through their associative memories to object and image.