Forms is the first solo exhibition by up and coming Catlin Guide artist, Chloe Rosser. Finalist in the Renaissance Photography Prize 2015 and selected for Fresh Faced + Wild Eyed 2014, Rosser exhibits her first body of work in this month long show at The Vaults Gallery, London. Her work speaks of the human condition and our increasing alienation from our own bodies. In these photographs, what should be intimately familiar is transformed into an unfamiliar sculpture.
During her time at Falmouth University, Rosser began a detailed exploration into the human body and our relationship to it. Photographed in this contorted fashion, the body becomes almost inhuman; it is a mindless mass of flesh, a growth. Although the figures are abstract they still retain many human qualities; foetal like poses, flecks of freckles and the subtle arc of the spine. The forms photographed are a stark contrast to our society’s concept of an ‘ideal body’. While their peculiarity and soft lighting intrigues us, a sense of the cadaver repels us.
The naked body has been a major focus throughout the history of art. Highly debated and wrapped in controversy, our relationship with the human body is arguably now more complicated and widely discussed than ever before. In her images, Rosser totally subverts our idea of the nude. Approaching the grotesque, the photographs appear to be digitally manipulated. Far from the sought after attractive body image, it is the raw and unaltered quality of these images that render them most potent. Rosser challenges mainstream conceptions of body image through capturing a fluidity of gender and identity. The anonymity and fragmented appearance allows us to focus on the colours in the skin, the imperfections, marks and contours. The bodies are situated in an inescapable bleak space that mirrors the boxy containers we live in. In an age when we are saturated with digitally altered and enhanced imagery, these real, fleshy sculptures stand out and challenge how we look at the human body.
About the artist: Chloe Rosser was born in 1991 and grew up in London. She studied BA Photography at Falmouth University, graduating in 2013. Rosser has exhibited at many shows across the UK, such as Fresh Faced + Wild Eyed 2014 at The Photographers’ Gallery, and The London Art Fair 2014. She was selected to be in The Catlin Guide 2014: New Artists in the UK and was a finalist in the Renaissance Photography Prize 2015.