Newcastle Region Art Gallery collection
Cherry Hood is a Sydney based visual artist who uses watercolor and pigment to make oversized figurative paintings and works on paper. A celebrated watercolourist, Hood rose to prominence with her Archibald Prize winning portrait of musician Simon Tedeschi in 2002 and is known for her portrayal of adolescent subjects.
Harold's End which is in the Gallery’s collectionbegan as a series of illustrations made for the book by Cherry Hood illustrated JT LeRoy's 2005 novel. The prints, made from Hood’s watercolours, provide great insight into her practice – they capture the expressive drips and veils of colour found in Hood’s work. They also capture her empathy for her subjects and in this series, the adolescents are depicted with empathy.
St Francis Xavier’s College
My work examines the mental and emotional state of modern teenage society. In a parody of Jill Greenberg’s controversial ‘End times’, I have explored my teenage world where feelings are frequently suppressed, due to the ‘need’ for self-preservation. This social façade is represented by the figures with their polished skin and flawless features; however, these ‘perfect’ figures present us with intense emotions which deny this and confront us with what we all have simmering beneath our own mask. This is pertinent to teenagers during their transition to adulthood, as they learn to become comfortable in their own skin.
ARTEXPRESS ED KIT_Hood-McCall (3.3 MB pdf)