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Sharon Green
(38 years old. Born in United Kingdom. Lives in: London)
Royal COllege of Art

I was born in Australia in 1977, and currently live and work in London. I am interested in mortality and pleasure, and the instability and vulnerability of the still and moving photographic image. Career highlights include exhibitions at the Australian Centre for Photography in Sydney, Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane, Andalucian Center for Photography, Spain, K Gallery, Italy, Hoopers Gallery, London and the Lianzhou Photographic Festival in China. I have received several awards including the Royal College of Art International Student Bursary, Australia Council for the Arts Milan Studio Residency and was nominated for the KLM Paul Huf Photographic Award. From 2000-2004 I was a member of the Founding Committee at the Queensland Centre for Photography, a non-profit organisation founded to promote Queensland photographic artists and develop audiences in Australia.
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Work of art I would like to make

I propose to create two massive, wall size, glowing light boxes of approximately 3 meters x 3 meters that sit opposite one another within the gallery space. The light behind the image will be a huge circular fluorescent tube of around 2.5meters, and when positioned in close proximity behind the photographic image, it will create a circular glow, inciting a faux religious experience. The palpable physicality of the light creates a 3 dimensional space within the gallery One light box image will be of animal eyeballs in their hundreds unrelentingly staring through the viewer and back at the second light box sitting across.. This second work has an image of severed tongues and lips on display and tells stories of silence and the muteness of the photographic image. A strange dance plays out between the 2 works, an oscillation between scopic pleasure and repulsion. These photographic works involve the visceral, abject and nurturing corporeal remnants colliding to raise questions of our own mortality, pleasure and instability.

These animal bodily fragments no longer stand in for part-object relations, they represent a universal distance where the fragment is beyond understanding and it becomes otherworldly, even if it is at the very essence of our being.

The experience traps the viewer in an unsatisfying belief system, the searing and blinding light eminates an electric eye, or faux halo suggesting all hope is not lost and there may be a new truth. New languages are the call of the works, drawing on the unconscious to communicate where words fail, and the allowing the body to speak for itself.

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