AboutFaye Winslade, David Underwood, Eleanor Pearce, Laura Barrett & Rowan Meacock
The Affliction is a collection of work, which marches solemnly through the vaults of human intrigue and rests its head upon the steps of melancholy. It serves as a visual exploration into the dark and foreboding provinces that lay outside the walls of logical thought, and in doing so pays tribute to an age when sorrow became an art.
Within this exhibition, the contributing artists are bound by their penchant for the unknown and the extraordinary, yet are set apart by their highly personal approach to themes that have inflamed creative minds for thousands of years. Death and obsession come to the fore as the prints and drawings of The Affliction work to untangle the complex relationship between beauty and the grotesque. Diabolical scenes are played out among the ruins of classical mythology, while the black petals of Eastern Mysticism unfold. The vital roles of both physical process and visual narrative are evident in the haunting, funereal collection.
In this, a show dedicated to the study of the intangible, five artists describe the indescribable and stand together beneath the banner of contemporary gothic art.