Emma Wilkins Meet Me in Dallas

 

Photography & Statement Emma Wilkins

 

 

My practice involves a process of making that focuses on the materiality, tactile and fallible qualities of celluloid material, and examines its relationship with the human body. This relationship is steeped in notions of alchemy, and forms the basis of my enquiries and experimentation.

 

I performs interactions with film that incorporate bodily products and fluids. This interaction is an intentional exploration of notions of abjection, and the process of making is homage to the transgressive spirit, and such literary works by the likes of Bataille and Rimbaud.

 

My practice involves the use of a range of still and moving image film formats, and my latest work,Meet Me in Dallas, forms a super 8mm film installation piece. The assemblage of pornographic moving images are manipulated and abstracted by their visceral interactions with the body, and demonstrate the performative, sculptural qualities and possibilities awarded by filmstrip when screened in its native format.

 

Dallas aims to re-present these images, from their original contexts, associated with notions of obscenity and vulgarity , and align them with that of the sublime and immanent. In an attempt to navigate notions of vulgarity and censorship, I attempt to creates visual presentations of the streaming of the body’s mind, mediated by the filmstrip. Dallas negotiates the identity and position of the voyeur, the politics of attraction, and the central concepts of Eros and Thanatos. With the sculptural quality of my work, I aim to produce a kind of phantasmagoria in the abstract quality of the projected, manipulated celluloid images. The attitude of intimately enacted sadism towards the film material, I want to impose a tension, a disruption of something. The materials I use; inkblood, and paintejaculate, I want to create a simulacrum evoking the sublime; between chaos and order, order and disorder. The installation itself aims to be infallible, and have the organic qualities of being subject to splintering, smearing.

 

 

 

 

Emma Wilkins Meet Me in Dallas

 

Photography & Statement Emma Wilkins

 

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