Shauna Fox is a 21 year old artist from Bangor, Northern Ireland. She is based in London, where she is studying Fine Art Painting at Camberwell College of Arts.
She makes paintings, sculptures and installations relating to being a woman in 21st century Britain and more recently, issues relating to Northern Ireland.
Current work (2019)
The body of work that I am currently making is mainly based on my experience of living in Northern Ireland for 18 years, moving to London and then looking at it from afar. Moving away has made me interested in finding out more about where I am from, but the more I discover about where I am from, the more I question whether it’s somewhere that I can be proud of and want to live in again.
My previous work focused on ethical issues and human rights. I explored Female Genital Mutilation, the destruction of Aleppo by Barrel bombs, the rise of Donald Trump, the oppression of women in relation to honour and sacrifice and the Troubles in Belfast. I studied Ethics at school and from there I became interested in humanitarian and ethical issues. I knew my peers knew little of the atrocities, injustices and inhumanity being carried out at home and abroad on a daily basis and so I based my artwork around these issues in attempt to raise awareness and present my thoughts, views and responses to them in an innovative and stimulating way.
This year my work has been quite auto biographical. it has been based on moving away from home to London and how I've dealt with the new experiences encountered.
I am interested in mob culture, anonymity, power gained through anonymity, how that is used, and public response. I am also interested in the male gaze and male culture in general and how it differs in London from other smaller towns in Britain. Cat calling and outright sexualised posturing are much more prevalent in London. Is this related to the sense that London dwellers feel anonymous, invincible, untouchable? Almost as if they have the protection of a shield or outer shell, the way people do when driving in a car. When in a car, they'll give rude signals, shout abuse and beep horns, however if they bumped into you on the pavement they wouldn't, apart from maybe in a big city like London.
I started the year by making a series of works on attraction, the nature of attraction and what is perceived to be attractive or 'sexy'. People and things are randomly sexualised and desexualised constantly by advertisers and media depending on how we want to be perceived. Manipulation of sex interests me, can anything be sexualised? Can a painting be sexualised, can a loaf of bread be sexualised? What can how people go about sexualising a loaf of bread tell us about their views, feelings and approaches to sex. I also looked at the cosmetics industry and how it constantly manipulates female insecurity.