AN UGLY BEAUTY

ARTIST FINDS BEAUTY IN UG­LI­NESS

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - Janita Singh

ARTIST Louise Zhang likes grotesque art.

Zhang, who works with paint, sculp­ture and in­stal­la­tions and is known as a “blob” fa­natic, creates art de­signed to at­tract as well as re­pel.

Her work could have ei­ther ef­fect, or both at the same time.

“I have ex­plored cat­e­gories of the cute and the mon­strous and am cur­rently look­ing into the pres­ence of vis­ceral hor­ror in art, and the idea that hor­ror can be at­trac­tive,’’ she says.

“What we find at­trac­tive, af­ter all, is de­ter­mined by in­di­vid­ual or pop­u­lar taste. If we de­velop a taste for some­thing, even if it is widely iden­ti­fied as ugly, it can be­come at­trac­tive.’’

As a re­sult, it is usual to find her col­lec­tion breath­tak­ingly beau­ti­ful as well as “dis­gust­ingly pretty”. Her blob-like works, in poly­styrene foam, clay, epoxy, clay, polyurethane plas­tic and resin, come in slip­pery tex­tures and lurid colours.

“I aim to cre­ate and rep­re­sent vis­cous or bul­bous mon­strous forms which I call blobs,’’ Zhang says. “Each work is dif­fer­ent. There is no set struc­ture in making them; some­times I just work with ac­ci­dents I have in the stu­dio. The ma­te­ri­als have their own au­ton­o­mous prop­er­ties so I never have full con­trol over how they act or set.’’

Zhang says the blobs can be talk­ing points of your home decor.

Zhang’s work has been ex­hib­ited in many fo­rums and she has been cho­sen as one of the 10 Sydney iden­ti­ties pho­tographed by Sydney-based Daniel Boud for a so­cial me­dia cam­paign called #TheThingsILove ♥ .

Car­riage­works and vis­ual arts part­ner BresicWhit­ney com­mis­sioned Boud to pho­to­graph the peo­ple we love with things they love.

The 10 pho­to­graphs will be shared on In­sta­gram un­til De­cem­ber 7, via the hash­tag #TheThingsILove ♥ , de­signed to in­spire so­cial me­dia users to share their own unique col­lec­tions.

“This project has been ex­tremely fun and ex­cit­ing,’’ Zhang says.

“For this ex­hi­bi­tion, Daniel shot me among my col­lec­tion of resin and plas­tic bits. I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing the hash­tag in ac­tion and ex­plor­ing other peo­ple’s col­lec­tions.”

Artist Louise Zhang was pho­tographed by Daniel Boud for the In­sta­gram cam­paign #TheThingsILove ♥ (above). Zhang work­ing on a “blobby” cre­ation (right). Her 2015 work Goo La­goon (inset).

Other peo­ple fea­tured in Daniel Boud’s pho­to­graphs in­clude Kylie Kwong with her art col­lec­tion and artist Wil­liam Yang with his Chi­nese scrolls.

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