The practice of Theadora Ballantyne-Way gives an idiosyncratic English take on the great traditions of surrealist art. Taking everyday and seemingly harmless objects she fuses them into romanticised suburban landscapes.
In much of her work mundane utensils become monumental industrial components, a transformation that elevates them into objects of aesthetic consideration and bizarre emblems of middle-class terror. Her enlargement of these objects are not a critique of consumer habits but a celebration of the surreal – a playful conceit on the rich history of the English pastoral.
Probing at our sense of perception, her use of the textures and antiquated processes of traditional printmaking, produces a false sense of legitimacy, one that is at odds with most contemporary image production.
Theadora studied at The University of Reading, Byam Shaw, St Martins and has recently completed her Masters in multidisciplinary printmaking at The University of the West of England. She lives and works in Bristol and has a studio at Estate of the Arts.