Daily opening times:
Friday 2 June – Thursday 22 June 2023
Exhibition of paintings, arising out of life drawing classes exploring the ways of observing the line of the body in landscape and indoor settings.
The Body Observed
Inspired by my life drawing practice, visiting museums, and sometime experience co-caring for a person with disability, The body Observed explores the relationship between the body and the viewer, interrogating how the body may be [re]defined by the nature of its observation.
In doing so the works engage three variations on the gaze including the observant gaze, the fantasising gaze, and the mechanistic gaze.
The mechanistic gaze, looks and goes little beyond delineation, relying on line alone. The observant gaze looks and speculates…possibly about the relationship between the observed and her/his context. The fantasising gaze goes further hoping for a transformation for the body or the observer, or an outcome from observing.
These variations, in turn, have implications for the interplay between the body and its environment.