Recipient of the RMIT Lightscapes Award.
THE SECOND FLESH is an alternative approach to imaging the body, providing a means to avoid the commodifying gaze of patriarchy. The work intends to flip traditional viewing strategies—focusing on grotesque, internal-like imagery instead of the culturally expected external appearance of the body. Seeking to both allure and repulse, The Second Flesh presents an unexpected view of the body that cannot be commodified or sexualised, dissolving hierarchies of looking. The video works focus on being fleshy and visceral, hinting at a possibly diseased body, a particularly abject force in a world recovering from a pandemic.
Video caption: A grotesque and unidentifiable fleshy object pulses up and down to the sound of breath. At some points the video speeds up and the breathing becomes gasping.