22nd June – 7th July
Years of experimentally testing my limits, both conceptually and in terms of access to new technologies, has resulted in a range of what might at first appear to be quite different bodies of work. Collectively though, there are abiding themes – about control of our bodies, experiences of bodily detachment and enhancement, and the alluring promise that medicine can offer a condensed chemical pill to enhance the way we feel and behave, against our instincts and ‘true’ nature. It is hoped that the mind and the body can be aligned. To explore those themes comprehensively requires attention to aspects of life that might be easily overlooked – the sophisticated and sexy design of pill packets, videos of compulsive and repetitive bodily movements, hand-picked photographic stills of videos, the creation of aphorisms which mimic the banal sayings that are intended to guide our thoughts and behaviour in pro-social directions, and seeking out the remaining taboos in our society about body image using deliberately provocative titles drawn from common vernacular to press home the point. I am attracted to the latest technologies and materials (such as customised moulded acrylics) which might have been created for industrial purposes. I enjoy harnessing their capacities to investigate my purely aesthetic aims.