Silhouette. 2016/9. Oil/Canvas. 180x120cm

Large foot, cutout girlie images superimposed, links
Silhouette. 2018/9. O/C. 180x120cm

Familiar iconography (foot, links, the figure) come together on a green ground in this work. I continue to question the effect of the internet on image making in general, and eroticism and the nude in particular.

The relationship between pornography and eroticism has always been ambiguous and social media has added more layers to the discourse. The title ‘Silhouette’ here refers to the cutout black and white image reminiscent of 50’s girlie magazines. The other two ‘pasted’ pictures of nudes are almost as outdated as that classic ‘pinup’. These trompe l’oeil cut outs lose their original erotic frisson in the context of this painting.

Initially I use interlinked forms as an a metaphor for the figure and human relationships. I wonder if the reading of the large links below is reduced as it become chains….seen enslaving one of the cutout figures. Furthermore, does the hovering foot above reinforce questions about the relationship between power and powerlessness?

Is the Voyeur here satisfied or compelled more or less by these superimposed images? And is the voyeur a victim or victimiser?

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