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Priscilla (75) & Friends: a portrait

2018

Expiring fruit cast in jesmonite, rubber objects cast from ad-hoc molds made from fishnet tights and plastic bags, muslin, leatherette, carved and painted polystyrene, Perspex, gemstones, pebbles, sea sponge, nail polish, steel and a ceramic toe

Priscilla (75) & Friends: a portrait borrows from ideas of trypophobia (a fear of closely clustered holes) and aposematism (warning colouration exhibited by animals who are hostile to predators) to refer to the aging process, and the refusal of skin to conform to cultural ideals. This work is the sculptural equivalent of a group portrait staged atop a steel stand, fabricated in the form of a liquid spill suspended in the moment of pouring over the edge of a table and pooling on the floor.

This work was developed during Hospitalfield Summer Residency 2018 and exhibited in #24hrwindow, Glasgow.

Elke Finkenauer is a visual artist of New Zealand and German descent, living and working in Glasgow and Auckland

© 2020 by Elke Finkenauer