AN UGLY BEAUTY
ARTIST FINDS BEAUTY IN UGLINESS
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.