“Using the visual image of the body, Liz Gridley’s work builds a dialogue with the audience perception of ‘self’ and ‘other’, allowing space for introspection and shared considerations of flesh both physically and psychologically.
The uncanny predicament – the line between arousal and dread, attraction and repulsion is one that (she) finds particularly interesting in relation to the body. Gridleys figures are coloured in high contrast configurations and cut into fragmented pieces through cropping, negative silhouettes and integration with the gallery wall. Questions regarding the totality of the body, organ and limb replacement, the cyborg and body ‘purity’ are evoked. Gridleys figures aim to intimidate, confront, romance and capture.”
Unheimlich or ‘the uncanny’
“Sigmund Freud defined uncanny sensations as resulting from ‘a hidden, familiar thing that has undergone repression and then emerged from it.”
– Mike Kelly THE UNCANNY
The body experience, the uncanny can come about as a shiver,
a discomfort both physical or psychologically associated with sensation on skin. These bodily fragments although touching are taken from the same sitter, repeated, in reality unable to inhabit the same space the reproductions in warm/cold/clashing bruised tones, are only artificially reacting to each other.
- These works were featured in the 2011 Launch Event for design studio KISH + CO
- The first painting shown above was also selected as a regional finalist in the 2012 Cliftons Art Prize in Melbourne.
- The third painting was shown in the 2011 exhibition ‘Counterfeits: the end/the beginning’ at Switchback Gallery Churchill, VIC.
- The first and third painting was shown in Liz Gridley’s solo show at ArcYinnar 2012 ‘Tactile perceptions: experimenting with flesh’