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Intimacy In An Age of Physical Absence 2020
2020


WORK 
Intimacy In An Age of Physical Absence 2020 

DATE
2020

MEDIUM
Acrylic, body enhancing products, flavourings, fabric, polyvinyl, ink, hair, and collage on canvas

DIMENSIONS
170 x 130 cm (displayed on cermaic tiles)

COLLECTION
Artist


︎ Summary



How does a pandemic affect certain people adversely. How some individuals living alone or those with health conditions, or queer people are increasingly isolated.

Amongst all the fears and anxieties of the pandemic on the outside world, is this internal struggle for intimacy and closeness. The modes in which some rely upon intimacy or support have changed and depleted during lockdown. Observing the immediacy of those on dating apps some within close proximity, I was interested in painting the lonely ornamental male figure, looking outwards longing for touch yet surrounded by anxiety. Painted using cosmetic and body enhancing products, I'm intrigued by conveying the neurodivergent sensory processing experience of bodies emphasising bodily structure as a moving network, or a series of pressure points.

Collages around the central figure are newspaper cuttings referencing the pandemic in the news in contrast to renaissance images of angels and cherubs. Differently there are images of babies being nurtured by mothers. As the figure transcends from earth he rises to be carried away to the sky to join other individuals to find peace and contentment. This is somewhat of a memoriam work not of life but present struggle.




︎ Assosiated Awards


Firstsite Collectors Bursary Award, 2020