Anousha Payne. Love Objects

9 Jun 2016 – 10 Jun 2016

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10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00

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5th Base Gallery

London, United Kingdom


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Anousha Payne's 'Love-Objects' is an exploration of narcissism in relation to social media. In psycho-analysis, ‘love-object’ is an item that a classic narcissist becomes attached to because they can see something of themselves within it. This has become more literal in the digital age.


Payne is interested in the absurdity which exists on social media. Individuals take hundreds of generic selfies and apply them with typically mundane or falsified captions that often make little or no sense in relation to the image. Within these digital platforms narcissism appears to be a prerequisite whilst pure thought and instinct have become a rarity.

In relation to this Payne is interested in freedom, control and playfulness. She references classical friezes, ancient Greek sculptures and gargoyles as a way of re-contextualizing selfies. Gargoyles although perceived to be ugly and grim have a slapstick element to them which relates to the hilarity and permanence of the selfie.

'Love Objects' is Payne's insight into the fragility of the human mind. Whether physically or virtually we are constantly seeking gratification and acceptance from others to feed our egos when ultimately we will never be satisfied. 

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Anousha Payne


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