Hetty Douglas

Nottingham

Friday 21st July 2017

Name, where are you from?
Hetty Douglas, from Nottingham.

What do you do?
I'm a painter.

Describe your style in three words:
Not womens wear.

How did you find yourself in London if you’re from Nottingham?
I’ve been here maybe 7 years? I came here to study when I was 18. I was going to do a foundation and take my time with it. I thought f*** it, I’ll apply to a London uni and see if I get in and I did get in, so I went.

What are the main themes of your work?
Reflecting on thoughts and feelings. Situations I’ve experienced both negative and positive. More recently I’ve been thinking about how certain thoughts and feelings develop that have come from where I’m from and how that changes things.

Would you say you challenge conventional ways artists work?    
I don’t try and challenge anything, I just do what I do. Maybe my work’s an exaggerated version of my own personality? I think that comes out when I feel nervous or anxious about something. If I’m in social situations and I feel nervous about things, maybe I become a more exaggerated version of myself and that can be reflected in my work. I feel like I’m doing something I need to do, and if people like it, that’s a bonus.

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