BA (Hons) Fine Art, University of Suffolk

Elgin Thwaites’ work Transcend the Cube (2021) is an immersive abstract painting which moves up the walls of the stairwell within her home. The painting is a permanent mural that is installed in this space to be viewed in situ.

Speaking about the work, Thwaites says: “The painting is initially a movement of fluid colours which flow into each other all around the viewer. As you look closer, you begin to focus in on the details, small words, sentences and marks become apparent.

“These abstract painting works are automatic. I react to the space, making initial marks with silk paints and chalks based on chance and responds to them using heavier layers of watercolour, acrylic and mark making with pen. The words and sentences are a subconscious flow that are not predetermined or edited”.

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1,2. Elgin Thwaites working in her studio space at University of Suffolk.

3,4. Elgin Thwaites, Transcend the Cube, dimensions variable, watercolour, silk paint, acrylic, chalk, pen, 2021.