Glenda Freeman

Author: Glenda Freeman

Glenda Freeman (°1971, Chonburi, Thailand) makes paintings and media art. By taking daily life as subject matter while commenting on the everyday aesthetic of middle class values, Freeman tries to increase the dynamic between audience and author by objectifying emotions and investigating the duality that develops through different interpretations.

Her paintings do not reference recognizable form. The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted. By applying abstraction, she wants the viewer to become part of the art as a kind of added component. Art is entertainment: to be able to touch the work, as well as to interact with the work is important.

Her works never shows the complete structure. This results in the fact that the artist can easily imagine an own interpretation without being hindered by the historical reality. By examining the ambiguity and origination via retakes and variations, she often creates work using creative game tactics, but these are never permissive. Play is a serious matter: during the game, different rules apply than in everyday life and even everyday objects undergo transubstantiation.

Her works are based on inspiring situations: visions that reflect a sensation of indisputability and serene contemplation, combined with subtle details of odd or eccentric, humoristic elements. By creating situations and breaking the passivity of the spectator, she creates intense personal moments masterfully created by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal, luring the viewer round and round in circles.

Her works are an investigation into representations of (seemingly) concrete ages and situations as well as depictions and ideas that can only be realized in painting. With Plato's allegory of the cave in mind, she makes work that deals with the documentation of events and the question of how they can be presented. 

Her works are characterised by the use of everyday objects in an atmosphere of middleclass mentality in which recognition plays an important role. Glenda Freeman currently lives and works in Dallas.