Tori Pounds

Tori Pounds

Tori Pounds

Country: United Kingdom
Themes explored: Memory, nostalgia, surreal realities

Biography

Tori is an English painter based in Mexico City. Her works encounter the alien and the familiarity of nostalgic items and snapshots of time, a game of cat and mouse between the real and surreal, all characterized through layering techniques of oil paint on canvas. 

In her work, semi-surreal paintings explore the way in which objects can hold memory and the ultimate unreliability of looking back. Visuals are cropped and blurred to encourage the viewer to fill in the gaps with their own nostalgia. Leather car seats bring back memories of childhood journeys; interiors, exteriors and still lifes of her “home” reminds us of the grandness in the mundane moments of solitude. The maternal figure is ambiguous and shown behind a lens, statue-like or hidden, a recurrent theme connected to her relationship with loss, power and motherhood. There is a suggestion of some surreal existence and further questions about her own reality, in an effort to retrieve what is lost.

Tori completed her BFA at the Academy Minerva in Groningen, the Netherlands (2017), further studying painting at Hunter College in New York. After graduating, her work in veterinary hospitals helped shape a conceptual development, making comparisons with the fragility of life found in surgery and her experience with grief. Currently she works professionally in her studio in Mexico City. She has exhibited in Berlin, Amsterdam, Mexico City and New York, with works most recently exhibited at Zona Maco and El Cuarto de Maquinas, part of Galeria Hilario Galguera.

Works by this artist

    Dreams

    Dreams

    $2,030
    Or in up to 10 installments
    Running around the pig farm

    Running around the pig farm

    $1,630
    Or in up to 10 installments
    Solitude

    Solitude

    $4,350
    Or in up to 10 installments
    Study for leather #3

    Study for leather #3

    $1,110
    Or in up to 10 installments
    Where it feels safe

    Where it feels safe

    $1,630
    Or in up to 10 installments
    Bacon butty

    Bacon butty

    $4,350
    Or in up to 10 installments