2020 BFA THESIS SHOW
BOSTON UNIVERSITY
COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS


























 



BRIDGETTE
REILLY 



My work consists of images generated from photos or observational drawings in varying levels of partial abstraction. I am particularly focused on organic shapes and am influenced by my studies in biochemistry and molecular biology. Landscapes, animals, and human anatomy appear frequently as images represented in the work. The objects represented are not the entire focus of my paintings. My work deals with representing observation, the commonality between my two fields of study. I aim to capture the feeling of looking. My paintings are not accurate to life but accurate to how the information is processed though my body though my mark. The multiple mark making languages I have developed give the work a gestural feel and breathe life into the paintings. My lack of depth perception inevitably impacts my compositional and editing decisions. As such, I choose not to include every detail. I select what I deem necessary in an attempt to document my experience of seeing. In some works, original imagery is more obvious while other images become obscure depending on how fractured the image has become. In doing so I touch upon themes of degradation of the image and open the work up to a larger contextual conversation related to the object represented: degradation of the land, degradation of wildlife, degradation of the body.

Rock in the River, 2019, oil on panel, 7 x 9.5” 

Fading Light, 2019, oil on canvas, 18 x 24”

Untitled, 2020, steel, 15 x 11 x 15”