05.04.23 - 03.05.23
C Lucy R Whitehead
A skeleton lives within you, wrapped up, hidden in a fleshy facade. This internal other speaks to a kind of essential nature of our being. It prompts us to consider at which point we cease to be that what defines our form, instead becoming the complex amalgamation of traits, experiences, and characteristics that shape our identity.
The outer layer of our skin, the flesh that envelops our bones, is often considered the defining characteristic of our humanity. But what happens when this layer is stripped away, leaving us exposed and vulnerable? Would we still be recognizably human, or would we appear as some grotesque aberration, an uncanny imitation of our former selves?
The notion of the uncanny is particularly relevant when depicting the human form. Subtle changes or distortions can evoke a sense of discomfort and unease in the viewer. Throughout this show you will encounter works that tread along that thin line of familiarity, bringing you into a space of uncertainty and beyond, into the zone of the grotesque.
Inverted Corneum - is a testament to the complexity and the fragility of the frames that carry us through this mortal coil. Interaction with the works may remind us that our humanity is not simply a matter of skin and bones, flesh and blood, but of that intangible thing, that eerie other that lurks below the mess within.