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Kerry Challis Thomas is a transgressive artist whose practice ranges across several
mediums such as photography, video, painting and performance. Challis’s practice
explores the polluting nature of grief, abjection and personal trauma towards the
body. The artist’s body is the muse for his practice, the challenges the purpose and
order of the body through ritual practice, rebirth, and self-contamination in order to
disturb and deconstruct the identity through abjection. The notion of abjection is a
clear theme through Challis’s practice, it is clearly evident as the artist challenges
and explores the territory of abjection through transformation and self-destruction.
The artist deconstructs and disturbs the self and the body in order to present a state
of existence, the abject form. The intention of Challis’s work is to immerse himself
within abjection and recreate a territory and identity that is not bound by symbolic and social order and, truly free of the anxieties, fear and repulsion of the abject.