For #Five2Watch this week we've selected five artists who have made work surrounding notions of intimacy, featuring: Tamsin Morse, Fay Ballard, Pak Keung Wan, Alexandra March and Marcelle Hanselaar
Dog Walk, 2021
Oil on Canvas
His Trace, 2020
Series of 10 drawings
Untitled (solar caress), 2012
Metallic pencil on postcard
(Solar Caress) grew out from ideas after exploring the technique of Spolvero. This is a method that is used to transfer a drawing onto another surface by pricking into the original trace and dabbing powder through the holes. I began to think of Spolvero as a motif to suggest the porosity of bodies, where an entwining and absorption occurs and loss of self.
Flowing alongside is my fascination with Harmonic Patterns which are created by the gravitational pull of two planetary bodies – such as Venus and Earth, where rotational forces are visualised resembling templates for a celestial dance.
The graphic mark is affected by the material and visual qualities inherent to the different media being employed and their ‘compatibility’ with the various paper surfaces, some of which are nearly a century old. In the dusty, opaque sheen of graphite, the sultry stubbornness of a chinagraph, the twinkling web-like delicacy of a metallic pencil, such qualities connect to how I have come to relate to each figure.
These postcards have been up in my studio for a while and were selected because I feel a tacit attraction towards the people in them. These are bodies around which I circulate, exchange glances, converse across the ether.
A Lover's Discourse - a year of postcards, 2018
The purpose of this blog was to document a year long correspondence with Roland Barthes’ text, A Lover’s Discourse.
Each week I posted at least one new postcard into the virtual postbox and pinned it here.
Barthes’ text dissects and discusses each element of a love affair, documenting obliquely his own love life, and exploring the literary and philosophical basis for his thoughts on each moment.
Within this framework, I hoped to create a large body of work, over one hundred pieces. Small, experimental collage and paint works all documented here, and offered up for the lover’s regard.
Beasts 6, 2012
Published 2 September 2022