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Gwen Hardie: 'The surface of the human body is an amazing membrane. It bears witness to the person living inside; an independent individual and yet closer inspection of the skin reveals that the body is made up of moving elements that are universal and part of the greater natural world.
The paintings attempt to witness life as it is passing, neutral, simply alive. I subvert the concept of the body as a solid form by describing the translucent quality of skin, revealing networks of veins under surface details which resemble the elements of water, air and earth. This concept of dematerialization translates into painting terms, by blending colours and tones in such a way as to create an illusion of ambiguous depths of field, so that the eye cannot hold an image as static for any length of time. Transparent earth colours are blended together and juxtaposed with opaque and cool colours within a limited palette to create an optical vibration, which makes the skin appear luminous and alive.'
H 50.8 x W 50.8 cm
donated by the artist, 2011