Whitespace, 25 Howe Street, Edinburgh
20-27 September 2014
with Tessa Berring
|art related work|
‘ What was life, really? It was warmth, the warmth produced by instability attempting to preserve form, a fever of matter that accompanies the ceaseless dissolution and renewal of protein molecules, themselves transient in their complex and intricate construction. It was the existence of what, in actuality, has no inherent ability to exist, but only balances with sweet, painful precariousness on one point of existence in the midst of this feverish, interwoven process of decay and repair. It was not matter, it was not spirit. It was something in between the two, a phenomenon borne by matter, like the rainbow above a waterfall, like a flame. But although it was not material, it was sensual to the point of lust and revulsion, it was matter shamelessly sensitive to stimuli within and without – existence in its lewd form.’
Copyright Paulina Sandberg
|How do we understand our bodies? Is there a way to describe the sense of lost privacy when the intimate becomes public? Is it voyeurism? Exhibitionism? Maybe both? But does it also contain a bond of trust, honesty, even intimacy in revealing what we usually choose to hide?
For Mutated stars I have chosen work from two ongoing projects started a few years ago. In my practice I search for a sense of wonder, something primal, in an exploration of contemporary man's relationship with nature and with these two projects I have turned to a more personal level of nature, by looking at the intimate aspects of how we relate to our bodies – and more specifically: our stomachs.
‘Revelation (Red, Blue, Orange, Yellow)’ began as a curious look at a vulnerable part of the body for many associated with self-consciousness, and grew to incorporate issues of exchange, trust, intimacy and voyeurism. The interactive project started a few years ago at a group show in Belfast (Give and Take, PS2 Gallery) where in exchange for cut-up images of my own body I asked the public to let me take snapshots of their stomachs to be used as starting point for a series of paintings.
|wall drawing and drawing on paper|
|We are part star you and I (Drawing O).|
In a Blink of an Eye. video projection