I’ve always been a big admirer of Joao Ruas’ works, of how he incorporates symbolism, old motifs and folklore into worlds such as ours and how he updates old techniques such as painting these timeless worlds on Ostrich eggs. His works are in a sense, defying time – both in their imagery and their making.
Knitting yarn together to mimic the structure of the human ribcage, Lishan Ng based her collection, Blood and Bone, off the human anatomy. Inspired by the medical illustrations of Jacques-Fabien Gautier D’Agoty, her work carries forth not only the elegance of the illustrated dissections depicted, but their darker natures – reminding us of our mortality.
I really enjoy the stylized characters that exist in Emmanuel Malin’s colourful worlds. The first time I saw his work (Lonely Rainbow Queen), I remember being captivated by the chaotic swirl of abstracted shapes and colours that suggest trees and rainbows and the suggestion of narrative that made me want to know why the Rainbow Queen was so ironically lonely.
Forming and Fragmenting is a series of imagery that depict portraits that exist in an eternal state of transition. Whether they are in the process of “forming” or “fragmenting”, it is unknown. This inability to define themselves embody the experience of being of two different states at the same time, and yet, not belonging to either.
I felt nothing but goosebumps while watching Olivier de Sagazan perform this performance art piece. It was only after I looked past its disturbing atmosphere did I see a man who was searching, building and destroying an identity. How we wear masks in our lives and how we find or hide who we truly are [...]