Undertow by Ria Krause 

John is a professional police diver. His life of quiet emotional reserve and studied professionalism is transformed by a discovery of extraordinary and unexpected beauty.

Undertow is an ambiguous, atmospheric and highly expressionistic psychological character study.

This film was made as a graduation piece for the BA(Hons) Photography and Film degree at Napier University, 2008. 


Born 1974, Halesworth, England. Living and working in south London.

Lilliput Shot Put
(Model galleon, shot) 

Mothers and fathers little helpers
(Plastic condiment holders, viagra, valium)

No room at the England
(Soft toys, found storage vessels,wood, rope)

Domestic flight
(Model aircraft, ironing board)


By examining futuristic past predictions of the 21st century and the subsequent representation of that imagined future, I intend to look at our reliance on consumer technology, highlighting the insecurity and vulnerability of man caused by our desire for aspirational, consumer products. -A. Dix


In talking around the work, I could mention various things: my obsession with the unavoidable strangeness and absurdity of existence; the blackness of comedy; the genius of adopted bad taste; the artists' duty to offend sensibilities; the human ability to make a break in the clouds; the wonder of nowness; or the untapped potential of visual reality.
 -S. Williams


Portraiture and the recognizable silhouette of a head and bust is a motif I have kept constant throughout my work. The shape is reminiscent of a keyhole, and placed within an oval format it allows me to connect the viewer to a tradition of painting firmly rooted in the past.

However, through using mixed media, such as collage, and using high key colour to imbue the painting with an almost acidic, lurid quality, the imagery becomes “updated”. I paint on a miniature format, mirroring the small and covetable photographs and postcards that stimulate our memories of certain events.-A. Virji


'I try not only to describe an extravagant, opulent and cinematic realm but also to create dreamlike visions that put the viewer into a place that hovers between reality and fiction, between countries and centuries.'


'As painting is primarily a form of expression I respond to the state of my psyche, and to my surroundings. Works evolve in response to my physical surroundings; a new landscape, or a mental shift. I experiment with the interaction between pictorial and abstract spaces and with the human form and text. 

I often acquire inspiration from fairy tales, and use the magical myths to anchor the personal and emotional expression. My representations of figures are constructed in ways which illustrate emotions and my paintings juxtapose feelings of confinement and liberation- birds and flight beside stripes or within curves have become increasingly utilized symbols.'


'My practice is based on reproduction, reconfiguration and souvenirs. The reproductions I create focus on entwining existing works and objects with aspects of life in modern day society. 

Recently I have focused my interests towards hierarchical and fantastical subjects of monarchy and noble folk as well as the narrative. My work is derived globally from a cross – cultural mix of folklore, slang and imaginary alternative secret societies with its roots to date based alongside traditional Dutch, Spanish, English, French, Italian, Swedish and Japanese portraiture. '


Three postcards taken from her artist's book entitled 'Diary of a Lost Girl'. 

'Since 2007 I have been pasting painted postcards in a diary. The content, layout, typeset and design of the diary is prone to change while the title remains. I collect old written postcards in second hand stores and use them as painting surfaces for sketches of my ideas and memories. Words written by a person I do not know, old stamps and images from a past time combined with my drawings create new meaning. Throughout the years a portrait of a fictive persona and her adventures and misadventures is documented in the diary. At the same time it serves as the inspiration and preliminary sketch for my paintings.'