About the Artist
‘I’m 39 years old. I’ve been drawing since I was about 5. I had always rendered my drawings in pencil or charcoal, I only started painting about 4 years ago. Originally I was always into Realism and it wasn’t until I started going to art exhibitions about 3 years ago that I started to stray away from that style.
Although I don’t like graffiti and defacing property I fell in love with the street art movement, especially Banksy. I found it an interesting way to convey an important message but also being able to paint something that someone could actually hang on their wall.’
Inspired by personal and political liberty, Renouf uses suggestive imagery to demonstrate chaos. Utilising the same language large marketing companies use to sell, Corban silently demonstrates the chaos that abounds within the media. Through this body of work Renouf hopes to convey the message that woman should not be valued by beauty alone, despite the constant appeal and barrage of glamorous images, portrayed by the media.
‘I get extremely anxious about going out to a social setting. When I get there I’m so highly strung and all my senses are heightened that I feel like I’m hearing every conversation in the room but I cannot seem to focus on any one of them. When it is at its most extreme I start to feel dizzy and on the verge of passing out, I focus on that little bit between the top lip and under the nose. Everything beyond the face becomes unfocused and blurry. I guess I paint these back grounds to sort of portray this hectic busyness I feel when in this situation. The backgrounds were supposed to be an abstract messy nothingness, but my need for perfection has turned them into an intense process of stencilling, layering, repainting, stencilling, destroying and starting all over again to throwing a tin of paint over it. Although I never feel like the background is finished I at some point finish it off by painting a calm peaceful image, after which I feel exhausted from the ups and downs and mood swings. I then leave it in an area for the next few days where I look at it with much disappointment, to then pick myself up to start on the next one
And I somehow love what I do…It feels like the only place I feel comfortable. It’s my time to not feel like I need to fit in.’