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Larain Briggs
I am currently a practicing artist and spend my time between North West London and the East coast. I previously taught in London and was a self-employed supply teacher when I lived on the coast for 16 years up until recently. I studied Fine Art at Camberwell, and at Goldsmiths in London for a Post Graduate certificate in education. I also studied for a BSc in Computer Aided Visualisation at the Anglia Polytechnic University and Art Therapy at the Institute for Art in Therapy and Education.

My work is often inspired by Carl Jung and exploring my subconscious. I work through painting, assemblage and installation, employing various strategies to access animus, the shadow, my unconscious and the collective unconscious. Through creative expression, I attempt to create the inner reality of my psyche. My work acts as a mirror where I try to see my soul - the inner workings of my mind. It transcends persona and barriers to connect with my true self where I hope to reconcile internal conflicts and heal myself. It would be impossible to communicate these aspects of my psyche verbally. The work is full of symbolism and archetypes which I believe are viewed in turn by the viewer in an unconscious manner. I hope that this will also be as therapeutic for the audience as it is for myself. My work is healing, especially to those who have mental health issues. I invite others to have a glimpse of a mind that is often troubled, anxious and depressed and to find empathy and understanding for people who are suffering with mental illness. I hope to touch the soul of anyone viewing my work. Currently my work is often abstract in style but just as I can see archetypal images and symbols within the abstracts that reflect my own soul I hope that the abstract will act as a mirror to the viewer where they will see relevant images that relate to their own psyche.
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Unequal Parts
Another piece inspired by Cruel World
Inspired by Cruel World
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Toxic
Inspired by a Cruel World, both the lyrics and music. Also inspired by the cruelty in this world presently occupying my mind.
Inspired by Cruel World
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The News Today
Inspired by the work Communique and watching the news on morning TV. Death and destruction interspersed with trivial, jolly matters. I find the incongruence of these issues to be incredulous. I've chosen to use materialistic symbols, images of current news and images of nuclear weapons that remind...
Inspired by Communique
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Self Doubt Melody
The process for this painting is much the same as any other that I create. The genre or style is often different depending on my mood at the time. My work usually consists of many layers and is mostly mixed media.
Inspired by Achluophobia&nd...
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DNA Cross Section (Life...
My process is simply to allow myself to create as freely as possible. I attempt to bypass my conscious mind in order to access the unconscious as an investigation into my psyche and analyse meaning on completion where possible. I employ various techniques to do this.
Inspired by Back to...
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Anguish of the Masses
Photo manipulation - Anguished sounds that I heard, translated into the fears of society inherited from the past and transformed into today's culture.
Inspired by Sonification...
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Life, Essence and...
Created using Apophysis and Photoshop. Fractals and fractal manipulation. As usual, I've worked from my unconscious. The sounds from the other images that I heard sounded primal to me.
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Empathy
Acrylic on canvas 90cm x 90cm x 4cm 'Sad Girl' made me feel empathetic as I suffer from depression. It also created a feeling of caring and motherliness. She looks alone and vulnerable. I wasn't clear of how this painting would turn out, but birds represent the spirit and here they seem to be...
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Joy
Small acrylic painting using interference paints. There are many layers and textures creating facets that appear different from various angles. The colours I hope are joyous, they mostly represent feelings of love where I feel the greatest joy exists. There are other feelings of joy such as one...
Inspired by Joy
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Love
Layers of paint depicting the variety of emotions within love. I have used transference paint where it changes colour and reflects differently depending on how the light hits it. This is not about a passionate, romantic love at all but rather the lasting unconditional love such as that for one's...
Inspired by Love
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