WORKS OF MERCY
This series consists of thick clay blocks, 4cm thick and weighing about 30kg each. The clay is compressed into rectangular forms and then etched and carved on. The image remains on the surface, somewhere between a drawing and a relief, emerging out of the black material, utilising its thickness only for mass. All their emotional weight compressed into a bare minimum of line and textural difference. They are a sort of a dim event-horizon, the images hovering over the mass within. The centre of gravity is surrounded by these acts of exposure, perverse femininity and reversed motherhood. These black holes cannibalise on myths and images, absorbing them into their mass. They eat-up and incorporate a Pero taking out her breast to feed her imprisoned father (as in Caravaggio’s 7 Acts of Mercy), or Phyrne exposed to her judges for clemency, or the capitoline wolf, or Goya’s little black ivory of a flea-ridden shirt.