Cherelle Sappleton is a visual artist of Afro-Caribbean descent, working and living in London, England. she initially started out with a performative practice whilst studying Fine Arts and Drama jointly at Bath Spa School of Art. However after graduating and taking a break of four years, she focused her practice on photographic media and image making whilst undertaking postgraduate study. Firstly, studying a Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art at Byam Shaw School of Art and then an MA Fine Art Central Saint Martins College of Arts & Design, which she completed in Jun 2013.
The images I make are a surreal take on the representation of the body through photographic media. Sometimes they are humorous, sometimes unsettling. I use cut outs from fashion editorials and adverts to create strange assemblages, with the body as its central subject. The body has been an enduring interest for me; originally setting out to work in performance, I used my body as material, influenced by the work of experimental dramatists like Meyerhold, Grotowski and Berkoff. Rather than working from the interior to produce believable representations of emotions, I was interested in working from the outside in, using exaggerated and sometimes bizarre movements and gestures to express emotion. I try to separate ‘the self’ from the body and focus on what is left. Reducing still further by using photography, my collages employ the flatness of the photographic print as a distancing tool, so whilst the ultra crisp fashion images suggest a depth, the cut edges remind the eye of their 2D nature. The body is cut, distorted, reconfigured and assembled into absurd beings, insect like or grotesque.
She is available and open to take commissions, to get in contact for more info please email - firstname.lastname@example.org
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Duo, 2014 Paper Collage by Cherelle Sappleton
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