Responding to Oscar Wilde’s adaptation of ‘Salomé’, the artist attempts to comprehend the role of ‘woman’ in both the biblical and contemporary society. A strong and virile presence in the realm of Man, Salomé is consequently destroyed; her independent and passionate form of femininity banished from this world.
Inspired by Wilde’s words, the artist attempts to construct relevant visual narratives from focal language to overarching themes. The paintings, unified in a vision of blue, draw close to Salomé’s preemptive declarations of love, obsession and urgent longings for the mysterious prisoner; a pure and ardent dream before Salomé’s final dance to an unrepentant end. Ottelien’s bold and expressive figurative compositions are deep-rooted in the traditional practice of life drawing; allowing her to work from sketches and intuition.
Ottelien is a Bath-based/London artist and associate of 44AD artspace and studios. Graduating from a degree in Fine Art: Painting at the Edinburgh College of Art, Ottelien has previously exhibited in Scotland and London; including the Whitespace Gallery, Edinburgh and Mall Galleries, London with The Royal Society of British Artists. She most recently exhibited her first solo exhibition at 44AD artspace and has been shortlisted for the Signature Art Prize 2018 in the Painting category.