Painting Artist Inspiration – Adriana Varejao

Artist Influences, Studio, Uncategorized

‘Lozenge’ (1997)


‘Blue tilework in live flesh’ (1999)


‘Tilework with live flesh’ (199)


‘Green telework in live flesh’ (2000)


‘Folds 2’ (2003)


For further inspiration I looked to the work of Adriana Varejao, particularly works from her ‘Tounges and Incisions’ series. The conceptual writing from which my painting is based, although deeply upsetting, also paints a rather grotesque scene; I wanted to reference the human body within my work lending to this sense of gruesomeness, and I am interested in the disturbing nature of Varejao’s works which show the lucidity and rawness of the true human form void of pomp and fancy. Death is a homogonising force, and I wanted to create a visual que for the flesh in my work so the viewer could relate to the ugly and cruel nature of death in it most primal, attacking form. I feel that the sadness of the decaying flesh, lost with its objects will create a striking and thought-provoking work.

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