Beneath the Skin, a series of acrylic paintings on linen and canvas scraps, draws imagery from a digital archive of medical content collected personally over 17 years. My unique painting process, developed between 2013 and 2015, both destroys and restores the graphic source material (in a fragmented transformation). This method interprets and displays the imagery in a way that prevents it from becoming a voyeuristic spectacle. Viewers are invited to observe and interact with the fractured images, sensing their unsettling nature, but not driven away by it. Beneath the Skin utilizes disquieting source material, but retains the anonymity and dignity of people within that content by obscuring their visibility, something achieved by the layering of and subsequent tearing apart of images.
Beneath the Skin installed at the 2015 AUT graduate show, AD15.
Selected Works From This Series
Pieces, 2019, acrylic on linen, 43 x 37 cm
Mask, 2019, acrylic on linen, 45 x 30.75 cm
West Indies, 2018, acrylic on linen, 65.75 x 46cm
Shattered, 2017, acrylic on linen, 47 x 33 cm
Sight, 2015, acrylic on linen, 43.5 x 32 cm
Voices, 2016, acrylic on linen, 50 x 24 cm
Hole, 2014, acrylic on linen (sold)
The King’s Evil, 2015, acrylic on linen, 36.5 x 28 cm
Hydrophobia, 2014, acrylic on linen, 30 x 21 cm
Wax, 2014, acrylic on linen, 40 x 35 cm
Spokane, 2014, acrylic on linen, 29 x 20.75 cm