The latest film and art projects about to tickle your fancy. BBC4 will be screening my film "The Disordered Eye" about the impact of visual impairment on art in the Autumn date TBC.
THE CONCEPT AND CONTEXT BEHIND FLORACIDE
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.
Blooms harvested from vast greenhouses. Like corpses they travel in refrigerated trucks and containers. These carcasses destined for human consumption. We must sustain our aesthetic sensibilities, heal rifts, console the sick and the bereft. We do this by watching them die.
We construct beauty in our minds. Our perceptions are the cause of these flowers’ deaths. Their colours and forms seek pollinators, propagation and survival. But we nurture them just to tear the life from them. We mistreat and deform plants, animals and people to conform to an aesthetic called beauty as if it something to be lauded and attained. It is death making.
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.
FLORACIDE WORK IN THE REAL WORLD
This is the first bespoke framed piece. The frame was sourced from a junk shop and is 50 years old. It has been reabled and is designed to conceptually continue the theme of the work. No two pieces will be framed the same way each will say something further about the content.