Tess Williams is a London based artist who works within the field of expanded painting.
She explores what can be identified as the masculine and feminine aspects of material, colour and form, playing with the relationships between these polarities. The grimy, rough and brutal blacks and greys, thick heavy bodied materials contrast with the light delicate translucency of finer cottons, fleshy colours and soft pastel washes. Sewing introduces a commonly thought of female domain whereas metal staples and nails introduce the male.
Tess uses mainly unstretched canvas, cottons and linens, exploring how folds, creases, layers and movement within the materials can not only act as a form of mark making but also reference the body. Whilst engaging with these material concerns, the continued exploration of painting itself as a medium remains central to her practice.
Tess’ work goes beyond the boundaries of the traditional picture frame and crosses over into installation and large scale collage. This is in order to amplify the physical presence of painting, whilst continually referencing its history.
Tess graduated from her MAFA at Central Saint Martins in 2015, and her work has recently been exhibited at galleries including Charlie Smith London, Griffin Gallery, London and Galerie Heike Strelow, Frankfurt.
“Art is a space and place for interpretation and exploration. It is another language to use to communicate with the world.”
Photographs and text courtesy of the artist.