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Sarah Harvey

Posted by Charlotte Simmonds,

Most of us probably aren’t very pleased when we see our reflections in a fun-house mirror, all lumps and knobs and stubby legs. But Sarah Harvey, the English painter, seems to prefer her self-portraits writhing, distorted and obscured. It’s not as unpleasant as it sounds – Harvey conducts her figure studies in the depths of a swimming pool, painting herself dozens of times submerged below the liquid blue-green surface. Based on photographs taken by a third party, the results are simultaneously realistic and blurred, attractive and eerie, an arresting examination of the self and the fluidity of appearance.

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Posted by Charlotte Simmonds

Californian Charlotte joined us as an editorial intern after studying at New York university and London Metropolitan University. She wrote for the site between January and March 2012.