DISLOCATION OF THE SENSES BY LAURA THOMPSON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Originally from California, Laura Thompson moved to the UK to study International Relations at the University of St Andrews. After reading Richard Sennet’s anthropological and scientific studies, in which he states that technological advances have made us more and more detached from nature, creating a passive culture that deprives our senses, the Glasgow-based photographer knew she wanted to reflect this thought in her photographic work.

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“From these findings I began to create modern day mythological narratives in which I explore themes associated with the dislocation of our senses. It is centred on constructed “yeti-like” creatures made up of either disposable manmade plastic forks, earplugs, vinyl gloves, car air fresheners or compact mirrors, each representing one of the senses. These creatures have been consumed by these modern, materialistic items and as such can no longer sense anything at all. Neither human nor animal, they wander between worlds fitting in nowhere, yearning to be part of a world they no longer belong to, and becoming a creature of myth.” Laura Thompson

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EAST AND WEST SYMBIOSIS BY TJA LING

by Ariadna Zierold

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The drawings and animations of Dutch artist Tja Ling, can be experienced as a symbiosis between the East and the West. Her drawings and animated films show us how she perceives the world around her as a result of her upbringing, where different cultures meet.

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With her images Tja Ling denounces our affection for material goods. As an artist she strives to acquire a new way of knowledge through the use of our senses and emotions. As a result the meaning of her drawings and animated films are deliberately left open. Her drawings are there to be experienced.

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