Reynolds paints from the photographic image and is interested in how visual language changes from medium to medium. Primarily she works from found black and white photographs and aims to integrate the past and the present using the material qualities of paint. The photographs, dating from the 1950s to-70s, offer snapshots of life in agricultural Yorkshire. Reynold’s paintings highlight and exaggerate implicit power structures—between adult and child, man and woman—observed from the photographs.
Figurative painting is core to Reynolds’s practice, as is humor. She uses the latter as a way to connect with the viewer and employs overt puns as titles to suggest themes.
Oil on canvas, 86 x 130cm, 2020