Shelly Lee: Body Of Water

This piece speaks to me about the human relationship to water, how we are so dependant on it yet so very cautious of it. It emphasizes how close we are to water, how it can be molded and formed just as we are over time. The artist see the work as a symbol of the comparrison of females and water, saying “females and water can be soft and fluid as well as destructive. When I was a young child, I almost drowned and had to be resuscitated. This form shows the damaging yet beautiful effect of water.”

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Xue Jiye: Chinese Painter

Xue Jiye is a contempory painter from China who was been exhibiting for ten years. Most of Jiyes work is based on the human condition using the body as a way to probe this subject, theconstant use of the  image of the nude representing vunrability, humanity, and return to basic human characteristicts.

This work is a vision of freedom, the escae from the predetermined judements by the removal of the physical self. By releasing himself of his skin the character gains the possibility of a new presence, a new aura free from any prior attributes and aflictions, a fresh canvas on which to paint a new liberty.

Fot this series Jiye experimented with sculpture, taking inspiration from Greek classical sculpture while still keeping an essence his own of style. This work depicts humanities weakness, the fragile structure of our form, though carved from stone we are still vunrable to the destructive qualities of our own nature.

Kasey McMahon: Connected

This work is a comment on our dependency on communication technologies, how we use them to shape our presence and status within this techno-genration. We have become a population more e in community within the virtual world than within the physical, we are now less connected with our neighbours than we are associated with the sprawling information that is the ‘Net’. As Robert Pepperell describes it in ‘The Posthuman Condition’ our “virtual representations are combined with digital communications, we start to see ‘meetings’ of thousands of people who are physically remote, and the building up of on-line communities distributed across the world. It seems that in this electronic world one’s physical attributes will be less significant that one’s ‘virtual presence’ or ‘telepresence’. From all this derives the notion that we can increasingly socialise, work and communicate in a way that, strangely, diminishes human contact, while simultaneously extending it.”