Introverted Panic

Introverted Panic

Catriona Fraser

As a naturally very introverted individual, I generally find my place of comfort within painting. I struggle and dread the everyday of human interaction. However, what I have actually become most fascinated and intrigued by is studying the faces of people. By painting people's portraits, it is my way of spending time with them without the anxiety of interaction. In this painting, I have delicately painted a portrait of myself in a very intricate and tight style, thus highlighting my fear and how I hide away from the unknown. Contrasting this, I vandalised it with bullet holes from a real shotgun. I like to view painting as my way of experimenting, something I would shy away from in the outside world. Therefore, creating this contrast may seem morally wrong on such a delicate painting, but it's a story about myself I want to tell without having to say anything at all.

Oil paint on wooden panel - 25 x 36 inches

VisualJohn Byrne Award