Mat Collishaw - Contemporary Artists

Bullet Hole

Bullet Hole The Saatchi Gallery
 

Mat Collishaw

Bullet Hole

1988
cibachrome mounted on fifteen light boxes

229 x 310

Bullethole is one large photo, made up of 15 frames, fragmented like the panes of a stained glass window. At first glance, it’s unreadable, like an abstract painting. Then an image registers: a gaping vagina. It’s only with the full realisation that this is a close up of a head wound (taken from a pathology textbook) that the layering becomes complete: there’s a religious beauty and animal sexuality in something so abhorrent.
 
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