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Siān Halfpenny

Fine Art

‘The grotesque body…is a body in the act of becoming. It is never finished, never completed; it is continually built, created, and builds and creates another body…’

Mikhail Bakhtin - Rabelais and His World.

Bakhtin describes the grotesque body as a site of exploration and exaggeration where the body behaves as a fluid concept, constantly recreating itself and is a continuous act of becoming. My practice is a metaphor for the grotesque body where I explore the relationship between bodily fluids, attraction, repulsion and abjection. By using animation and drawing as a tool of fluidity and manipulation, I am able to produce unsettling works that echo Bakhtin’s statement and provoke feelings of disgust and discomfort. My subjects are isolated and distorted, their heads severed from the body to create a disturbing and surreal atmosphere. They appear suspended in a void, presented in limbo or a dream-like state, bordering on life and death, exploring notions of the uncanny. 

Tags: Abjection, Animation, Art, Drawing, Graphite, Installation

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