Stacey Rees is fascinated by people, she likes to look beyond their physical characteristics and speculate on their inner self. In her first solo exhibition, All Your Gold she presents a collection of abstract portraits that transcend likeness, interrogating ideas of identity and the public versus private self.
Portraiture, traditionally a privilege available only to the wealthy wishing to immortalise their own image, is today at the fingertips of every smartphone user. Stacey reflects on this phenomenon of contemporary culture, in an avant-garde style that draws on features of people from magazines as well as her own reflection. “Within my portraits I try to display emotions of people caught up in today’s society exploring both self-worth and self-indulgence” she explains.