These works examine the two-dimensional representation of three-dimensional objects and emotional expression translated into line, shade and form. In essence Doré’s prints are a reduction of powerful literary and historical events that transform, with the microscopic removal of wood or metal, into meandering paths that narrow or widen.
By taking these loaded images and removing all but the ghost of an emotion personified in cloth the power is magnified like the sun through a magnifying glass; whether the betrayal by a disciple or the proclamation of commandments set in stone; the witnessing of souls slow descent into Hell or the receipt of the holy spirit.
Subsequent series returned to the use of repeat patterns and coloured backgrounds to further highlight the eroticism of flowing fabric in renaissance painting and the Japanese artist’s use of fabric and motifs to symbolise rather than make explicit the sensual charge in human interactions.
By separating the layers I was able to further accentuate the sculptural qualities of the cloth forms, together with the movement of the pattern and the shading from choosing the right area of magazine paper.
The later works formed the basis for an installation as part of a performance by The Secret Cinema...
photo credit: Tom Gallant