Caitlin Kearney


Artist Statement

I have depicted myself in my childhood bedroom — a place of safety and security — in the transition between childhood and adulthood, which is a time that is challenging enough without a monumental shift to the way in which the world operates. My artwork explores how swiftly an imagined vision of the future can be shaken, and how delicately the balance between hope and fear exists. The way my expectations of what lies before me shifted irrevocably by the changes of this year has me desperately clinging to the last comforts and certainties of my childhood.

Artwork Process

I photographed myself in my childhood bedroom, creating contrasting light upon myself in the image by projecting two coloured light sources onto the composition. Several photographed images were compiled to capture maximum detail. I then painted the image, exaggerating the colours and textures of the original photograph to evoke a more emotional response.

About the Artist

  • Name: Caitlin Kearney
  • School: Lourdes Hill College (Hawthorne)
  • Artwork: Precipice
  • Media: Oil on canvas

I have been interested in portraiture for most of my high school years. After school, I intend to study law and art at university. Having discovered that I require art as a form of personal release and emotional expression as opposed to a sole career pursuit, I am passionate about continually developing my artistic skills. I paint, however, not only for that reason but also for what I can communicate to others. There is nothing more beautiful than creating artworks which are the catalyst for a shared viewing experience often by people who otherwise have very little in common.