Visual Arts Exhibition: Astrid McKinley

Title of Major Work: Nanette - Drawing

Childhood is marked and decorated by external inspiration. The true beauty of it lies in cosmic imaginations and limitless freedoms. However, as we grow, responsibility and restriction pervade creativity.

My work is an exploration of a woman who has eternally exuded monumental grace, shaping my outlook on our cultural existence and personal strength. Nanette is an ode to a pivotal figure in both my physical and spiritual growth and development.

The figure’s presumptuous position alludes to her wild youth which is juxtaposed by a floral printed wallpaper, thus representing the duality of her liability as a role model yet inner cheek and spontaneity. 

My work is ultimately an intimate portrayal of both memory and discovery.