UK/RAINE: EMERGING ARTISTS FROM THE UK AND UKRAINE

Jamie Fitzpatrick

London, United Kingdom

My practice deals with the rhetoric of image making, the figure within the urban landscape and how objects and totemic gestures (such as flags, statues or plinths) are used within an environment as a means of demonstrating power and control. Spanning sculpture, painting, installation, spoken word and sound, the work attempts to heighten and question the experience of what it means to stand in front of something that has been made with the express intention of supporting, qualifying or glorifying an ideal of authority, placing its viewer under a state of subordination. By employing the motifs of figurative art (and by this I mean figurative as the rhetorical intentions of art that represents an ideal), patriarchal depictions of masculinity and nationhood, my practice creates large-scale sculptures with the express intention of undermining them and, through humour, rendering them absurd and dumb. In so being, rather than a call to arms, the works become punching bags, broken and fragmented heroes; where spoilt materiality and besmirched surfaces replace the norm. They become a fallout from cultural conditioning, embodying ideas of repression and desire enforced through control, manifested in tyranny or trauma or brutality, breaking through a skin of normality and permissible power.

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