Jen Hawthorn


During my exploration into perception of space, I have examined certain psychoanalytical theories that attempt to account for the effect of art on our unconscious.

    The main focus of my work is the psychological reaction when confronted with familiar aspects of the human body, if presented out of context. This exhibition uses skin as a point of discussion.

    My work has been progressively concerned with exposing the beauty of something initially conceived as gruesome or ugly. I’m working with a transformation, through presenting a texture that we might not be happy with and then allowing the viewer to get to know it.

    I believe that when we are confronted with a lot of exposed skin, it can be shocking. I understand that exposing the rolls and creases, and ‘imperfections’ of skin, causes us to be unnerved and aware of our own bodies within a space.





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