Corrie Foreman

Based in London, Corrie Foreman is a burning artistic flame and the founder of Breaking Points (#AREYOUBROKEN?), a community aiming to unite the creatively minded by providing a platform where artists can share their work and collaborate.  Corrie deserves a pat on the back for Breaking Points alone; Britain’s artistic world is flourishing thanks to such initiatives that help nurture emerging talent. That’s before we get onto her personal artistic portfolio, which takes the concept of ‘creativity’ and spins it through a new dimension.

Particularly intriguing are Corrie’s two ‘Untitled 2012’ photographs. Her model dresses in a pleated schoolgirl-esque skirt and white jumper, her face hidden as she coys away from our onlooking gaze; mysteriously we get an eye-full of the model’s cascading hair. What’s interesting about this piece is how Corrie creates a sense of etherealness and yet, at a proper look, the setting is simply a plain, manmade space – perhaps a studio or warehouse.

The model is protected, like a fairy inside a jar, by a translucent tunnel; it falls from the ceiling like a glass casing begging the question: what is it that’s so special about this woman that she is protected behind a case? Perhaps it is her horse-like pose – as if one hoof docked – in one photo or her ‘beam me up’ gaze upwards in another that makes her so fascinating. That’s open to you to interpret.

Equally curious is Corrie’s ‘Untitled 2012’ participation work where the viewer was left to interact as they wished with the translucent tumbling fabric – the fabric that formed the translucent tunnel from the afore mentioned. In a puzzling result, we see the ‘game’, as you could call it, leads to three individuals wound up as if having built a cocoon. All that’s lacking is an explanation as to how and why they chose this position – or perhaps the mystery is part of the beauty.

Another photographic collection that took us a little while to get to grips with is ‘Parasite’. These photographs explore angles and planes by strapping glass and mirrors in abstract shapes, which we’re told have projections shot onto them to create moving rays and peculiar reflections. This is one that could be stared at for hours. Slightly more forgiving on the eyes are Corrie’s stunning underwater shots. Less abstract, these celebrate shapes and colours by capturing the way water holds the human body and giving the impression of slowed-down motion.

What is mesmerising about Corrie Foreman is the eclecticism of her work. Moving towards post-Impressionism – with a twist – Corrie returns to the traditional paint and brush in ‘Identity Crisis 2012’. Aptly named, these traditional portrait-style paintings show the beginnings of the model before smudging it, leaving the figure distorted, lost and soulless. More delicate but equally as engaging are ‘Trapped Illustration’. Precisely sketched, these illustrations are fragments of different industrialized settings spliced over one another, such as bits of a train station. As with the rest of Corrie’s work, the inventiveness calls the viewer to stare for ages, picking out the intricacies. If art is about creating something innovative and thought-provoking, Corrie has triumphed. We are yet to find something else quite like it out there.

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