Daphe Percy-Chorafa graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design this year, 2016, having completed her BA(Hons) Fine Art degree.
“The narrow line between control and surrender of control to the medium is my playing field. I constantly shift from minuscule precision to an intuitive, fluid freedom, exploring the balance between conscious and subconscious expression. My practice revolves around socio-psychological portraiture. The human factor fascinates me; what constitutes identity and particularly how identity is manifested in the face: our façade, its geography shaped, after genes, by emotion and experiences. My current work is largely autobiographical, although still seeking to explore a human universality. It is based on a research of my scattered genetic roots, in an attempt to reconcile them through the act of drawing and painting and gain a deeper understanding of the human self through the process. I found drawing to be a means of unity: this tactile action of fingerprints brushing paper is a direct connection to our genes. The process became increasingly important – the moment in which an image is conceived and born becomes sacred and deserves your full attention as it is not entirely your own, but a collaboration”.