After earned her BA with honors in Fine Art and Painting and Printmaking at The Glasgow School of Art, Tessa Maudlin recieved her MFA in Contemporary Art Practice from the Edinburgh College of Art. Her paintings show scenes of the everyday, in line with the tradition of genre painting. There is a charm to these rituals and the relationships. Although, she also intends to depict that sense of intrusion or of being watched, reflecting my experience of modern-life, specifically in digital realms. Instead of just being watched though, the subjects return the viewer’s gaze with a glare.
On her artwork, Tessa Maudlin says..
"I think my paintings suggest ambiguous narratives, acted out by the sitter in a sort of alternate world of my own. The subject’s idiosyncrasies inevitably bubble to the surface when I paint, and it is these auras people have which I am most fascinated by. In these most recent works I have been drawn to painting with bright, saturated colours. I have started to paint people with overly exaggerated features; the mask-like appearance of the faces evoke notions of the uncanny. The paintings reflect the mood of a millennial generation: an outwardly-glossy, overly-saturated appearance betrays an underlying sense of anxiety and self-consciousness."