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Study in the bath

Study in the bath

Oil on canvas, 60 x 47cm.

Study in the bath 2

Study in the bath 2

Oil on canvas, 40 x 30cm.

Bathroom study

Bathroom study

Oil on canvas, 61 x 54cm.

Passage detail

Passage detail

Left To Dry, oil on canvas, 150 x 80cm.



Portrait In The Doorway, oil on canvas, 115 x 85cm.

Hollie Upton

Notions of liminal space underpin my practice - derived from the Latin word ‘threshold' - it conceptualizes the 'in-between'. Through the transcendent act of painting I aim to create work that lies between classificatory boundaries, existing on the edge – amidst the limen.

In this series, I utilize the bathroom as a physical space – chosen as a foundation because of its symbolic association to cleansing. This symbolism is comparable to liminal concepts, which fundamentally parallels a liminal zone to a space of transition, alluding a sense of purification. I am interested in overlaying this geometric space with a space that references dream – creating a confluence. As these two spaces merge, a third is created, an in-between space. Concerned with the dualities suggested by the limen, my practice aims to harmonize dream and reality, inside and outside, public and private - exploring the threshold that lies between realities. As a primary conceptual framework, I explored this two-tier terminology in relation to Gaston Bachelard’s transcendental philosophy of the home, surpassing the limits imposed by the ceiling, or confines of the walls.

Final year project

The Bathroom (series)


'20 Diploma in International Studies
Exhibitied in:
'20 'Visual impact' MTC, Coventry
'20 'Line, you've crossed it' the Welcome Mat, Loughborough University
'19 'Coordenadas' Universidad de Zaragoza
'19 'Surface Spotlight' Surface gallery, Nottingham
'19 selected for 'Open - 30' New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester


Currently volunteering at Surface Gallery, Nottingham.
Nov '19-Dec '19 Co-coordinated the exhibition 'Surface Spotlight’


September 2018 - June 2019

Fine Art student , Universidad de Zaragoza