Research Students 2015

Kirsten Lilford

My Masters project is titled Leisure Island. My proposed project will comprise of paintings through which the relationship between leisure and the upper middle class in contemporary South Africa is investigated. The visual language of leisure from my white upper middle class point of view will be explored. Family photographs will be used as reference images for the paintings. Paint will allow me to escalate moments of interest from the photographs. My painting process will be an investigative one where I propose to create paintings that reveal privilege and uncertainty. A subtle eerie and filmy quality will disrupt these leisurely scenes in order to consider the subject matter within a pre-and post-Apartheid South African context.