Born South Africa, 1982
Busuttil completed a BA in Fine Art at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa then went onto do a Postgraduate Diploma at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. She currently lives and works in Berlin.
Busuttil explains: “My works are non-geographical featuring a collage of characters and events that have taken place over a period of time, in a number of places. Often the underlying content is based on less savoury periods of human history and this can lead to difficult imagery. However, I believe the works to be approachable, in some cases even aesthetically pleasing – yet they do not celebrate violence. Each work I make references a combination of found or ‘real’ imagery, together with made up elements and characters. Often the boundaries between fiction and fact are blurred into recurring themes or characters, such as that of Zig Zag and Dooskop, both of whom first appeared in my work a few years ago. The majority of the referenced images catalogue some occurrence of war and violence in the 20th/ 21st century. This amounts to a great field of discovery. The original found source images provoke some emotional response from me, and it is this response that drives and informs the painting. My aim is to extract the essence of an image, event or character and highlight, twist or exaggerate that thing to make a painting that works. Always my primary objective is to create a strong painting, regardless of underlying content. Hopefully, my original response is carried through and is apparent in the work. I try to do this by minimising the language of paint. I leave out anything I deem frivolous or unnecessary to the work. This invariably means that background fuzz and ornamental pleasantries remain understated or absent.”