Plastikos is an entry for Brief Ideas Tap under the theme of Conflict.
The mass media creates an ideal body type and this is expressed in fashion, beauty and the cult of celebrity. It is not surprising that many people feel they do not measure up.
Plastikos (from Ancient Greek, meaning to mould) is a narrative project that explores the cutting edge between bodily dissatisfaction and the promise of “cosmetic” surgery.
Each self-portrait uses the bold, brash colour of a plastic shopping bag or packaging material to define, envelop and over-power the human face. Erotic asphyxiation is one outcome in this conflict between the inner soul and a materialistic society. The rustle of plastic contains both a smile and a scream.
Kindred spirit - Francesca Woodman.
I had the great pleasure of working with film makerDee Harding who has made a short film portrait about my art practice and reflections on the urban envrionment in North Kensington. She interviewed me in September 2012 at the former Latymer Project space; this was converted from a Nursery on Freston Road, W10 and is now part of a regeneration scheme for new housing at the Silchester Estate. Dee edited down an hour's conversation about the social and cultural history of the area and how I have interpreted this in drawing sketches and film projects. She has created a fab visual counterpoint to my musings and the film can be viewed on MyStreet. I will also feature it as part of a film programme I'm curating at the Louise Blouin Foundation & Portobello Film Festival during September 2013.