Memory Ablation III – © Zanny Mellor (2014)
The Creation of Adam (detail) – © Benedict Hughes (2015)
Veil, transmedia, 2014.
“Veil is a photographic flaying of the skin of a painted man.
This is part of my on-going examination of the body via its surface, the skin. The non-tabula-rasa nature of the body, feeds the skin painting, perhaps resulting in a portrayal on the surface of that which is within. All of us project onto our skin who we think we are, but yet we also rely on the skin to hide and protect us. This arrangement of the flayed skin was inspired by the frontispiece to Anatomia by Thomas Bartholin in 1651.
Head Studies, Giclee prints on Hahnemuhle Fine Art paper, 2014.
These prints show two sides of the same painted head – that of Roy Joseph Butler. The painting on the second skin which coated the head, was an intuitive response to the person within.
After these images were created, the skin was peeled off. Curation inspired by the profile portraits of Hans Holbein the Younger.
My work explores formal structures in relation to the sensitive area of the reverie – assembling macro and micro elements in work that combines shared territories such as diagram with dislocated moments and visual ‘events’.
From the ‘Hopscotch’ a work which starts from the child’s game to place itself in between the diagram, the map, the surface and the space of reverie.
These two print works, a print and its originating plate explore surface, erasure, and the idea of being in between all perspective.
When I draw a map it becomes a new map… I made the painting consequently to the Charlie Hebdo attack, re-visiting the place of the attack with my imagination. In my painting Charlie escapes… The work has the size of a book and its title refers as well to the comic book “Where is Wally” – “Where is Charlie” in the French version..
My paintings attempt to deconstruct a fraction of the mass media imagery, which we encounter on a daily basis. I look to consider how we as individuals engage with these images on a personal, subjective and emotional level.
I aim to capture a particular moment, more specifically the feeling within that moment which will allow a deeper contemplation and penetration of the inevitable associations, both objective and subjective.
Memory Ablation III explores the natural process of sedimentation, inspired by the suspended rock particles found in glacial rivers and lakes. There is a tension between the accidental and deliberate where chance has been employed, which has been a relatively new and liberating way of working.