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Throughout the year, I have conducted an exploration of the body as a form that can be easily manipulated. Through a unique set of works, I have strived to emphasize the concept that the body can be perceived as an uncanny object and as an entity that can be deceptive. I achieve this through manipulating and transforming ordinary objects to appear as bodily forms, thereby limiting the body’s involvement in my work. In addition, I use unorthodox camera techniques by taking soft and out of focus images of objects to create illusions and unusual organic forms.

My work is intended to initially be perceived as inviting and ambiguous, however on further engagement with the imagery, I aim to evoke a sense of discomfort in which the audience thinks twice about perceiving the subject matter. Although the work has been heavily transformed and manipulated, the subject matter still bears a recognisable form that could be identified by the audience. The viewer is therefore encouraged to engage with the subject matter in which they make use of potential visual cues in an attempt to deconstruct the imagery before them and separate the bodily appearance from the object.

clairerachaelbilcliff@gmail.com

Claire Bilcliff
Squish
2013

Claire Bilcliff
Walking Violet
2013

Claire Bilcliff
Slick
2013

Claire Bilcliff
Slit
2013

Claire Bilcliff
Wound
2013

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