Tess Williams‘ (b. 1985) unconventional visual language offers a great opportunity to investigate a fundamental art concern: the attempt to go beyond boundaries and experiment with the basic principles of painting. 'What is a painting?' is an ongoing interrogation embedded in Williams’ art, as well as a creative fascination mirrored in her artistry. An ontological examination of the traditional painting is suggested by the artist’s work, which is bringing forward discussion of the theoretical structure of a painting. Her work is an interdisciplinary mixture of textures, materials, photography and collage; highlighting the importance of the elements’ materiality and the paintings’ physicality and tactility.