Jannis Varelas

Clair, Maid Costume, F/orange

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Clair, Maid Costume, F/orange
Jannis Varelas
Clair, Maid Costume, F/orange
2011
Graphite pencil, ink, soy sauce, hood, photographs taken by the artist on paper
272 x 166 x 21 cm

Because we recognise Jannis Varelas’s large-scale collaged personages as such – because they occupy space in a similar way to us, and are constructed along figurative lines – it’s difficult not to draw parallels between their bodies and ours. Apparently facing us in a manner more confrontational than conversational, they’re nightmarish figures, cobbled together out of collaged images, scribbled pencil and scraps of clothing; one drips soy sauce from its groin, like unhealthy-looking urine. And yet the clarity of their compositions has a contradictory elegance that harks back to modernist design; their geometric heads and arms recall early twentieth- century theatrical costume.


     
 


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