Vanessa Perry is a Visual Artist and lives on the South East Coast of England. Vanessa paints and draws purely from her imagination and uses photography as a way of finding compositions. Passionate about the sea, Vanessa draws on her coastal environment for inspiration and spends much of her time with her camera walking along the coast, hiking up the cliffs and travelling on ferries to get a closer look at the water, its movement, colours and the changes in light.
Vanessa moved her studio to the South East Coast from Battersea, London, in 2014. Since then her work has changed and moved in a different direction using more muted colours and working with plaster. Vanessa completed a new body of work in 2015 entitled ‘Second Self’. This collection explores her relationship with the sea and her environment, and of course her relationship with ‘self’.
Vanessa’s most recent work continues to explores shapes in water and the memory of water. What Vanessa is trying to convey in these pieces is that the sea takes on a new shape from moment to moment, challenging the assumption that waves are only a series of curves when in fact the sea can be full of lines, triangles and other shapes that don’t conform with our assumptions about the sea.
In this work Vanessa continues to use plaster on her canvas before paint is applied, creating a rich texture. Woven into these new pieces are stories from history, both personal and geographic, studies of water, and sea conservation.