Tamsyn Challenger: The Tamsynettes13. Mar - 18. Apr 10 / ended Transition Gallery
Fri-Sun 12-6pm (gallery closed 2-4 April)
Tamsyn Challenger broadly concerns herself with the steady march of time upon the body; on her own, on those whom she loves, male and female, and on the desperate ravages inflicted on a woman's form by the warping of beauty into an ideology, where the natural becomes perverse.
As a documentarian she has born witness to gender violence and the subsequent lives no longer in extant. Inevitably, this colours a palette and she has recently been utilising body parts, actual along with representational, as a visceral reminder of mortality to a detached audience.
Conceptually led, her work toys with the forces of modern popular culture as blind-siding. The nipping and tucking of whatever is at hand to under-pin an image and the passivity of watching to create identity often moves Challenger to reunite fairytale such as The Snow Queen and Snow White with their gruesome roots.
Living up to her name Challenger wants to challenge the viewer to resist the all pervading post-modern ethic whilst by her own admission being the most post-modern woman she knows.
At Transition Challenger will introduce The Tamsynettes. Forever versions of herself for you to play with.
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by George Catamint 28.03.10 13:42
a series of puppet/dolls and wooden body parts - the wooden bits look a little like some kind of beautifully crafted children's toy. + there is a nice show in the shop part of the gallery - symbol like paintings - cakes / breasts / horses / hair by young Finnish painter Nastja RonkkoReport this opinion as offensive
by Johanna Melvin 29.03.10 14:09
teeters interestingly between the macabre and candy-coated innocence ...check out the beautifully hand embroidered tatoos!
by K G B 30.03.10 1:17
Challenger creates a delightful and slightly sinsiter world with life size marionettes and broken wooden body parts which are in proportion to herself. There is delightful attention to detail and overall the show is a must see.Report this opinion as offensive