Collector III

 
 

This series continued the fascination with William Morris and the Pre-Raphelites.  The silhouettes of female forms are taken from photographs of 'reader's wives' found amateur websites.  They emulate the repeated poses of models in magazines but fail in the process.

 ACANTHUS (DIPTYCH), 2006

ACANTHUS (DIPTYCH), 2006

 ACANTHUS (DIPTYCH), 2006

ACANTHUS (DIPTYCH), 2006

Separated from badly lit bedrooms and lounges the forms become objects encased in glass.  The key reference was a moment in the Yellow Wallpaper when the halucinating protagonist witnesses a woman running through the lawns of a country house garden.

 chrysanthemum, 2006

chrysanthemum, 2006

The history of topiary and its use by a variety of social classes in Northern Europe created the basis for the designs.  The graphic forms of the wallpaper are given a new life and entropy has been allowed to creep in, displacing a hard cut edge with natural movement.

 golden lily, 2006

golden lily, 2006

 IRIS

IRIS

The organic forms of nature cropped and teased into shape are allowed to breathe over awkward bodies contorting themselves to the whim of a man behind a camera.

 

photo credits: Andy Keat