Dundee based Elliot Killick’s work primarily focuses on the human form and explores two main themes. Memory, with it’s ephemeral, ever-fleeting nature, unreliability and subjectivity. And most recently the notion of ‘The Absurd’. He approaches his themes through portrait painting, working mainly from found photographs of anonymous people.
In his 2018 collection, titled ‘Memento‘, Killick took the motif of a Polaroid photograph and scaled it up onto large boards, providing a physical metaphor of memory. His figures represented in the white frame of the ‘film’ appeared indistinct and faded into the dark background, epitomising the uncertainty of memory. The majority of work from this collection has been sold.
“The Polaroid film also conveys a sense of nostalgia. To me it symbolises mankind’s obsession and near addiction to preservation and unwillingness to let go of moments however mundane or momentous – in some ways the portraits convey my ever-growing fear of forgetting as I become older, if having ever really remembered accurately at all”.
His 2020 work, completed during his Masters degree at DJCAD (’19-20), saw him shift his attention to that of the The Absurd.
“The Absurd: the struggle between the human tendency to seek meaning and inherent value in an otherwise indifferent and irrational universe. According to Albert Camus, The Absurd cannot be negated once realised. One can therefore react to it in one of two ways; escapism or embracement”.
Elliot graduated from DJCAD 2018 with a BA(Hons) in Fine Art. He completed his MFA Art & Humanities in 2020 (DJCAD).