Winniemmay(Donna Poingdestre) is known for painting strong images of women and submissive and androgynous men using a unique combination of traditional painting techniques and spay cans on a vintage pianola paper background.
The punched note holes in the pianola paper create a negative space which both represent the fact that we can never truly capture or know a person and gives the pieces another dimension through which the the subject can be seen.
Working on both large and small scale Winniemmay makes marks and motifs to explore a passing moment, a fleeting expression or a hidden message. When translating this to walls or canvas she recreates the pianola motif with stencils overlaying the pieces as this is a fundamental element of the work.
Winniemmay studied at Portsmouth College of art and design and went on to graduate from Portsmouth University in 1994 with a BA Hons in media and 3D design and during this time spent a period of time set painting at The Royal Opera House which informs and influences her large scale wall art techniques.
She spent many years as a youth, social and substance misuse worker while retaining a continued interest in the arts and her own artistic development.With a growing profile Winniemmay became a full time artist in 2017, is a founding member of the Fire Artists collective, exhibited in solo and collaborative gallery exhibitions, delivered community art projects and private commissions , painted at street art festivals and secured two artist in residencies , nationally and internationally.
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