Painting serves as a generator for all of my work, it is an autonomous act which enables the gestation of ideas, simply through enacting its process of production. Through the act of painting I actively investigate concepts of contemporary art as a Post Internet Practice, screen sized works are informed by hand-held networked technology being ubiquitous in everyday life and acknowledge the effect of the Internet upon the artwork and its distribution process.

The original images referenced in the micro-oil paintings are harvested from the Internet with a smartphone and then reproduced as small screen sized paintings each 7 x9 cm. Following their initial production, the micro-oil paintings are exhibited in a “flash mob” style, as temporary self-organised fluid interventions in (restricted) public space. At this point the paintings are documented and redistributed online, joining a throng of existing digital images. This conscious post-production process incorporates the viral image distribution tactics favoured by social networks to enable a wider (potentially international) dissemination of the painting(s).  Distributing the paintings online, ensures that the paintings become images viewed again through a screen, replicating the quality of their source material and adding layers into the viewing process.

The sources of the micro-oil paintings imagery are fragile and transient (often sourced through Google image searches) and can generally only be viewed through a screen. Rendering unstable imagery in oil-paint transforms an insecure temporal image into a permanent solid object and serve to chart our relationship with screens as extensions of ourselves, evidenced through the popularity of the self-scrutinising and narcissistic selfie. Always prepared for public broadcast, with ensuing anxiety caused by hyper self-awareness. To paint is to delight in texture, to experience first hand that which cannot be experienced through a screen.

Selected Micro Oil Paintings can be purchased directly here or email nina.coulson@network.rca.ac.uk for sales or exhibition enquires.

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