Celebrity Porn Death. Interested?
The relationship between painting and photography is my current interest. In this body of work I am particularly interested in the way which both processes act as form of memory. Both techniques often seek to preserve the fleeting moment. In a sense both media attempt to stop time passing, to stop death.
‘Photography is a kind of primitive theatre, a kind of Tableau Vivant, a figuration of the motionless and made-up face beneath which we see the dead.”
Barthes. R (1979) Camera Lucida Reflections on Photography
Using ‘found’ images such as postcards, celebrity magazines and pornographic film stills, I want to use painting to transform the exploitative nature of this source material. I want the process of painting to re- imagine and re-vivify these people and situations. I want to do the impossible. I want to create an aesthetic dimension within which these commodified images can be seen anew.