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Dionysia - 2009

   

Binge Epiphany (Dionysia) 1

Graphite, Ink on Paper
166cm x 75cm
Price on request

Giclee Print 23cm x 50cm

  Binge Epiphany (Dionysia) 2

Graphite, Ink on Paper
166cm x 75cm
Price on request

Giclee Print 23cm x 50cm

  

“We must die as egos and be born again in the swarm, not separate and self-hypnotized, but individual and related."

Henry Miller, Sexus: The Rosy Crucifixion

With a return to figuration and the image, these works explore the idea of de-individuation or death of the self through intoxication. The death of the self in psychological terms by the use of alcohol is prevalent in our binge drinking culture, a ritualised dionysian under belly of English society.

Using archaeological images mapping the last resting place of these past individuals as a symbol for dionysian death of the self, they are juxtaposed with classic symbols of Dionysis including grapes, snakes and a thoughtful maenad. These symbols are represented by black silhouettes and a film of starry seed like dots linking to ideas of potential, the night, danger and communal rebirth.

This dionysian under belly has a long standing alternative to many failed belief systems - the weekend session. This tribute to Dionysis with its pub philosophies and moments of epiphany, casts the individual as a reveller or ‘binge drinker’ seeking certainty where there is none and throwing the ego into oblivion in an act of defiance.

Giclee Signed Limited Editions of 100 each
£100 (unframed)

The above works are available as giclee limited editions and are printed on Somerset Enhanced Velvet 225gsm paper and each print is signed, stamped and numbered by the artist.

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