I decided to investigate the exploration of using the body as a tool for mark-making through paint. I want to experiment in the way in which my body could be used as a material to create physical marks on a format. I felt this could make my practice more expressive and allow unpredictability to merge through my process.
“Marked by the immediate by the resurrection of the “body” in the resurrection of the “flesh”. And so it is that the mythical reinvention of the Christian promise of “resurrection” echoed in the trace or imprint of a body” - Yves Klien.
I became interested in the paintings the “carcass if neat” series by Chaim Soutine where I really liked the use of Soutine’s colour palette and the essence of rotten flesh. This interested me and inspired me to develop my body paintings by re-appropriating the composition and colour palette of Soutine into my body prints. I found doing this process provided me with a subject matter of a hybrid of meat and human flesh.
“I found myself drawn to the idea of using my own body to be propped on a crucifix just like a criminal would of been executed. This adopted as a self-crucifixion a way in which I displayed all my bodily fears, insecurities and anxieties of my own body. I found this is an expression of my own self-awareness of the negative qualities that I don’t like about myself. Using a crucifix to display this was interesting for the claustrophobic effect and feeling of being propped up nude on a crucifix could of felt and can make you feel really uncomfortable and vulnerable.”