Consume me brings together familiar celebrities but at the same time obfuscates them into ambiguous shapes and blurs. Celebrity identities become unidentifiable; they are glamorous, entrancing images that dance just beyond the grasp of recognition.
Barnett’s art practice investigates the meaning of celebrity culture and societies relationship to it. ‘I am compelled by the encompassing, invasive and inescapable figures of modern media’. Barnett creates miniature dioramas using cut out images from gossip magazines. Here they are assembled and photographed, to then be translated into oil paintings, occupying a vibrant and hyper-coloured agora.