Artist Bianca Fields walks us through her “super fast and rhythmic” style

Despite not considering herself an artistic child, influences from Bianca’s childhood have a profound influence on her work. This includes characters from well-known cartoon series such as Tom & Jerry, injecting an uncanny sense of familiarity into her paintings. In one such piece, Tom the cat screams out from the canvas, surrounded by streaks of lilac, hazy orange, and deep black etchings, petrified by something beyond. Bianca believes that including characters from cartoons “makes the process of painting very youthful and energetic” […] I move and almost dance around my work when I am painting.” But on the other hand, they also offer an element of both self-exposure and reflection: “These characters have more of a sense of mirroring myself; drive these graphic illustrations to a level of destruction. It feels like I’m taking a piece of my younger self and showing her the real one.” This element of self-reflexivity translates into Bianca’s entire oeuvre. She sees most of her compositions as ways of existing in a world that is “unbelievable”, her paintings are instead a “depiction of an emotional space in which I, the artist, will always remain.”

While Bianca’s pieces make up a consistent and well-formed body of work, her approach is much less strict. Painting in bursts, she describes her method as “fever jumps from one work to another”. Bianca’s method, so literally, “keeps her sharp”. This feeling of jumping from one painting to another comes across brilliantly when you look at Bianca’s paintings as a whole. With the powerful, fluid brushstrokes leaving the canvas, along with her persistent, vibrant color palette, you can really get a sense of energetic unpredictability. Also in her use of materials Bianca does not hold back. She tells It’s Nice That that “tension has always been important in my work, be it through the subjects or the materiality of the paint.” With spray paint and heavily applied oils and acrylics that almost seem to fall off the canvas, Bianca’s pieces are a triumph of texture.

Bianca spent the past few months in London and is currently in her final week at the Plop Residency in Camden – an experience she has found to be an eye opener. She collaborates with painters Agostino Lacurci and Horacio Qurioz, describing it as “much of what I’ve needed as an artist for a while”. “Residency programs are what you make them – it really tests your ability to adapt and produce something with the resources you have […] I think every artist should surround themselves with other artists at different stages of their career at some point in their lives.”

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