While it might be said beauty is in the eye of the beholder what interests me, is the way beauty obscures cruelty and brutality. Cut flowers. Dismembered and broken bodies. These are pictures of the process of death.
Drawing on traditions of Nature Morte, these invocations of the classic and symbolic operate at a number of indexical levels, not least around the exclusion of a self-representation of disability spoken in its own language and form. They interpret and translate the symbolism of Vanitas paintings into modern symbolic representations of exclusion and otherness. This is an attempt to create a new symbolic lexis around disability and the hierarchy of ability.