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Detangler, 2019

Painting

Oil and casein on canvas

70.87 x 55.12 in

180.0 x 140.0 cm

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About The Work

Anstis uses sensuous soft pastels and paint to build fantasy worlds at a remove from heteronormative patriarchy, yet strikingly transformative of it. The arms of an unknown slick-skinned tentacular creature often appear in her images in this exhibition, either participating in the activities afoot or dividing the image into discrete parts. The Real to which these limbs belong is at once full of pleasure and terror, of tactile excitation and severing frames. 

The figures seem to enjoy this creature’s presence and their surroundings, but they also seem to be experiencing events they have no agency over. They do not always smile and when they do, it seems to be in acknowledgment of their wicked and cruel acts - acts that might be acknowledged by the viewer as a pleasurable occurrence in itself. Each tableau is a carefully choreographed scene in which it is not clear who is in control, or who is seeking power over whom, but it is clear that the viewer is not the intended primary witness of their naked bodies or games.

Courtesy of Fabian Lang

About Sara Anstis

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