BA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins 2019
Entomophagy, the consumption of insects by humans, has been practised by billions of people worldwide for thousands of years and inspired Penelope's series of drawings. The idea of eating insects triggered in her a deeply rooted food anxiety that led to a slow meditative process of breaking down pattern like a digestive system breaks down food. The series aims to challenge why certain foods are considered disgusting and others are considered acceptable to eat.
Each insect is seen as a protein container, translated into a network of shapes and lines to create sophisticated images, at once delicate and bold. The fine de-tail of each pattern mimics the complex biological forms found in nature. Small details explode into gigantic visuals. In drawing attention to the intricacies of the insect, one’s eyes are opened to the beauty of a creature that is not only over-looked, but often reviled.
Penelope hopes her work will give her audience food for thought.
"I want to create images and am asking myself what does an image need and which images the world might needs. I am hovering between figuration and abstraction, storytelling and conceptual ideas."