Kourtney Roy’s work is based on the auto-portrait. The characters she portrays are sad and dark, trapped in their mundane worlds that seem to echo from another era. The women often seem bored and pathetic in isolated surroundings. Roy is drawn to banal and domestic settings because she finds that which is uncanny is often the most familiar. As an artist, she is fascinated with the creation of a sort of tragic mythology of the self, a personal universe where the prosaic is pervaded with the marvelous and strange.