March 2024 – May 2024

BB Cream explores processing emotions of lost love and attachment during a painful break up. The series of five acrylic painting portray fragmented portraits of the painter to explore the intersection of grief and chronic mental health fatigue. Through the use of cultural motifs, colour, and symbolism, the artist attempts to encompass the meaning of this lost love; no longer being close to an individual who continues to love them unconditionally. The transformation of love, through grief and acceptance, is thus displayed through the slow style changes as the series progresses. The titles of each of the paintings are named after a song the artist resonated with during the breakup and ties in with the theme of each painting. Gold is used to depict the painter’s Eelam Tamil heritage.

Swimming- Maple Glider

‘Swimming’ draws parallels to the Lady of the Lake from Arthurian Folklore. Whilst, within the legend, the imagery of her hand coming out of the water to provide aid to King Arthur, the hand in ‘Swimming’ instead reaches out of the water in an attempt of self-preservation. Whilst, the essence of ‘Swimming’ is attempting to find hope and work towards survival, the scars on the wrist indicated that the hand itself has been unable to contain a great deal of the pain.

Does Not Heal- Samia

‘Does not Heal’ provides a full body presentation of grief and loss through a depiction of the painter held naked in the foetal position. Returning back to religious motifs, the artist is shrouded within dark colours that emanate from the core; enveloping the subject with dark wings. However, the gold motif of the soul/moon bring symbolises hope/resistance.

Dissolving- Hannah Cohen

‘Dissolving’ provides a portrait of the subject letting go of her love, and moving towards the memories fading away. The painting moves towards more brighter colours and primordial deities of the sea and skies. The couple are shrouded in eucalypts and blue pearls, symbolising memories of their love being passed across the veil. The painter uses the signature gold more subtly to illuminate the skies and her namesake.

Don’t know why – Norah Jones

‘Don’t Know Why’ explores the painters difficulties with sex and orgasm after the breakdown of a fundamental relationship. The colours are again much brighter and the back ground becomes more abstract and concrete like to illustrate the rewriting of a future path. The text in gold, (theni) in Tamil, translates to bee a sacred creature of the Hindu mother goddess. The painting explores attempting to re-find the artists sexual desire and connecting with her spirituality through nature and her faith.