Clare Pasquina Morelli
A painter living and working in South Wales having graduated from University College Falmouth with first class honours degree. Her paintings use the language of our commercial and consumerist age to convey an idea that the ubiquity of commercialism and an increasing urbanisation leads us to a radical artificial environment whereby genuine interaction is supplanted by interaction with images on TV, computer games, billboards and magazine advertising. Each painting contrasts urban consumer images with christian meaphor to question whether urban, consumer society has warped religion and spirituality. Whereas traditional religion offered the hope of transcendence can our quest be far easier met now by glittery images that naturally transport us to another realm? Has the 'consumer experience' taken the place of 'religious experience'? Perhaps consumerism is the new religion.