British artist Georgie Somerville explores themes of fluidity, moving image and storytelling through her artistic practice. We met with Georgie to tell us more about growing up in Surrey and how she's been keeping creative.
Are your works planned? What do you want people to take from your work when they view it?
I don’t like planning my work too much. I’ll look at images, colours, or words until something stands out, but after that it’s about getting it down as quickly as possible. When I overthink things and change an idea a lot, it won’t get finished. The more I paint, the more I’ve noticed that people are often drawn to my simpler, intuitive pieces rather than ones that are overly considered.
What are your ideal conditions or catalyst for creating a “good” piece of work?
I wish I had an answer to this but realistically I never really know. It’s never a straightforward journey; feeling clear and positive doesn’t then produce a good piece of work. Sometimes it might but equally it might happen when I’m feeling restless and cynical.
What are your goals for the future?
I want to keep up the momentum with which I’ve been working over the last few months. I honestly can’t stop at the moment. I’d like to do a show at the end of the year and include everything I’ve made since leaving university.
How have you been keeping creative during isolation?
As there’s been a lack of contact and conversation over this time, it’s tricky to not get tunnel vision. I’ve called friends over facetime for critiques as the lack of perspective makes it easy to get stuck on one idea. I loved having all this time on my hands though, I’ve painted every day.