Life on Venus II | The Human, Timed Auction12 JAN 2021 12:00 AM - 28 JAN 2021 7:04 PM
114. Amy McMillan
21 x 15 cm.
Watercolour and ink on paper
Created in 2020
£50 - 300View shipping estimates
“My figurative practice explores liminality, performativity and the discomfort surrounding embodiment and sexuality, particularly during adolescence. Slouching with silky limbs, captured in staccato poses, The Shakers are a collection of colourful anti-hero type players. Each character is disguised in masquerade and costume, their gender ambiguous, shown to be free, law-less and without boundaries. Depicted as dancing, they quite literally shake, both as an expression of trauma and as a way to find relief. Influenced by archeological aesthetic, contemporary dance and the mimetic relationship between women and queer men. I sculpt and paint from a collected archive of Ancient Greek, Roman and Renaissance sculpture, interwoven with myth and folk-lore, bringing together heterogeneous elements in order to find an in-between space. With reference to animal hybrids and archetypal imagery, The Shakers mirror the transformational nature of fired ceramic, ink and pigment. Using a loose touch, the characters and the mediums themselves suggest narratives of metamorphoses and restoration.” - Amy McMillan, 2020