Demonstrating an acute sensitivity to the psyche of her subjects, Ball’s enigmatic portraits explore the way we project images of ourselves to the world.
Using closely cropped compositions, the body of works celebrates individuals whose self-expression contest conventional gender norms.
Ball focus on idiosyncrasies of her sitters by depicting their physiognomy, jewellery, make-up and tattoos.
Soft brush strokes, muted colour palettes and monochromatic backgrounds contrast with the confrontational gazes of her subjects. The immediacy of their gazes is intensified by the dramatic shifts in scale of the paintings.
Ball says that the paintings are the “most autobiographical to date.