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Symptomology of a Basildon Boy
2018


WORK
Symptomology of a Basildon Boy 

DATE
2018

MEDIUM
Acrylic, industrial glue, metal coinage, paper, collage,
metallic paint, hair, protein powders, ink, varnish on canvas

DIMENSION
189.5 x 133 cm

COLLECTION
Southend Museum

︎ Summary


Planned and produced following the artist undergoing pyschothreapy treatment, 'Symptomology of a Basidon Boy' explores the relationship between the collapse of industry in Basildon in 1980's and the performative nature of masculinity. Initially produced through photographing torsos and continuously photocopying in varying saturated states highlighting muscles. Through observing rituals for body-enhancing undertaken by men from fasting, water loss, the figure is painted in body supplements referencing the brutalist architecture of New Towns. Each pigment section is designed to separate and crack like stain glass windows or deterioration of historical paintings, revealing the fragmented or wounded pyschology of the individual like a wounded soldier. Decorated with pressed flowers and military coins like women offering flowers in military hospitals in WW1, men are offered the opportunity to waive their uniform or body to be vulnerable and convalesce.


︎ Exhibitions


Precious Boys, Southend Museums, UK, 2018


Image © George Morl & Southend Museums