Ali Darke

Festival: 2022

Through drawing and sculpture, I create a scenography of the inner world, responding to memory and myth, and the evocative language of psychoanalysis. Ideas of ‘haunting’, echoes of loss and psychic fragmentation are viscerally expressed in materiality and form.

Scavenging for discarded material, I transform their dynamic potential. Cutting, stitching, and stuffing, then hanging, pinning, or collapsing the forms, I play with their presence in space. Hybrid beings emerge, testing unsettling tipping points of beauty, absurdity and abjection. Suggesting a hinterland between the mind and the body where the unconscious leaves a trace, I discover the unexpected and uncannily familiar.

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