An extreme cultural anxiety towards the body has been created in the last 2 years in respect to proximity and hygiene. My work engages with these newfound fears by playing with these concepts and highlighting the recent absurdity in the disgust towards the biologically natural, often using cartoonish fleshy pinks along with pristine, clinical whites. Using my body as a tool, both through performance and material, I insert myself in an uncanny way, testing the parameters of squeamishness through common physical and psychological experiences of the body. My work is primarily concerned with Julia Kristeva’s concept of abjection: that which is cast off is that which disgusts, and combines this with elements of both classic horror films and body horror films.
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