Latchford holds a BA (hons) in Art. Originally from Dublin, she now lives and works in Wexford. She was recipient of an Artlinks bursary in 2018 and of County Wexford Arts Department’s Tyrone Guthrie award in 2014. She has been awarded primary school residencies under the auspices of the Living Arts Project in 2014, 2106, 2017 and in 2018. She works as a facilitator within County Wexford Arts Department Arts Ability programme.
Exhibitions include Scéilini in Paint, a solo show in the Anita Chan Lai-Ling Gallery, Fringe Club, Hong Kong as part of her residency for the Irish festival Asia 2018, with support of Culture Ireland. Also Painting is dead- WHO SAYS?, group show Kamera 8, Wexford, curated by Anya Van Gosseln. Her paintings are held in both private and corporate collections within Ireland, Hong Kong and the USA.
My practice is predominately composed of painting. I work in both acrylic and oils and I paint on both traditional and non-traditional surfaces.
The bulk of my work is figurative and consists of two strands – portraiture and depictions of figures in imaginary, abstracted or remembered landscapes. Reflections of different lives, different paths and different outcomes. My work is economical in detail, translating light and shadow through paint into recognisable forms. I work from source images that are family photographs, both old and new. I build up my paintings in layers, leaving areas showing through or sand back dried paint, exposing the history of previous marks and ideas – and a nod to the past.
A pink line has become a recurring motif within my work, wrapping itself protectively around figures and linking people and places. It, along with what some describe as an unusual colour palette. serves as an element of abstraction, jarring, I hope, against straightforward reading of the work as simple scenes. The idea of place is closely tied with my identity and memory.
My aim is to capture something of the essence of a person, or a memory of a place -or a gesture, rather than to create a photo realistic representation.
From time to time there are socially engaging elements within my work, where I put a call out on social media for people to send me images from which I make paintings whilst live streaming for viewers to watch and chat with me whilst I paint.
“The longer you look at an object, the more abstract it becomes, and, ironically, the more real”