BA (Hons) Fine Art
Grotesque, meaning 'odd or unnatural in shape, appearance, or character; fantastically ugly or absurd; bizarre'. ("Grotesque", n.d.)
My work currently explores the deliberate distortion of the female body and the shapes created from encasing it in different materials. It is an exploration of the artificial grotesque. I create and accentuate what may be considered imperfections and produce wildly exaggerated shapes. It showcases the beauty in what can be considered as the imperfect.
My focus recently, has been creating works inspired by these distortions. These range from collage to sculpture. I have also explored the idea of how our bodies change throughout our lives, a natural distortion, from an exaggerated start point, with animation. I have taken images of the manipulated torso and made it bulge and contract.
My works have been heavily inspired by the sculptures of Dorothea Tanning and Lee Bul.
It is an exploration of the artificial grotesque.