Not really understanding stuff: A reptile reliquary

Darbyshire, Ralph (2018) Not really understanding stuff: A reptile reliquary. [Artefact]

Abstract

The output is an artefact, a sculptural crocodile called ‘Not Really Understanding Stuff: A Reptile Reliquary’. Research process: The composition is made from heavily embellished textures and written text. Part of the form is made from found objects such as a deflated blow up doll occupying the crocodile’s mouth, axle stands acting as a plinth. Gruesome found imagery from the internet is collaged onto the surface, contrasting with the patterned skin. Research insights: The piece responds to the exhibition’s theme, focusing on the conditions of modern man from a political, sexual and violent perspective. At first, the crocodile appears to be a decorative, visual feast. But at the same time, it reveals dark imagery that seeks to remind the viewed of the ways in which society has become desensitised to the representations of violence. Dissemination: The artefact was disseminated as part of The Vagaries and Misconceptions of the Modern Man at Vane Gallery, 19th January – 24th February 2018.

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