As part of the Art in Practice alumni exhibition, we spoke to artist Mary Savva about her practice and learned more about her ways of working – what inspires her, what tips she has for new graduates and artists, and how studying at UH has helped her career.
Mary Savva is a Cypriot figurative painter living and working in London. Her recent work explores ideas of home, culture and identity. The artist combines imagery that has a connection to where she grew up and her current place of work, London, in an attempt to re-appropriate them in a wider context. By displacing images from their original source, they become a symbol of the artist herself acting as self-portraits.
Savva graduated with BA (Hons) in Fine Art from the University of Hertfordshire in 2014, before going on to study MA in Fine Art at the Slade School of Fine Art. In 2018 she completed a 3-month residency at Cheongju Art Studio in South Korea. Savva has exhibited extensively, most recently at The Auction Collective, London and Gloria Gallery, Nicosia, Cyprus.