alison shanks





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Alison Shanks Artists Statement

My sculptures are primarily made with Porcelain and are mainly Janus heads which have an ancient, God like, larger than life quality.

The Porcelain is silkscreen printed with fragmented and distorted images taken from mass media.

I first became interested in the pixelation of the image through the work of Sigma Polkel. I began to lose the faces into QR Codes and later Bar-codes. In later works I then smothered them with a disease of pixels.

My work progressed into the facial images becoming cut, stretched and manipulated into a collage; the photographic facial image being made to seem slightly lost in screen transmission, interference lines and white noise. I began to imbed Binary code into the works and also I-clouds.

I am currently working on ideas about satellite surveillance and facial recognition technology.

There are various underlying themes in my work showing how we are controlled and manipulated by an over-saturation of mass media, technology, social media, fake news, surveillance, religion and consumerism in all forms.