Phenomenal Bodies is a joint exhibition between Alyssa Choat and Lin Wei from the UTS School of Design, exploring the human body and its form.
Alyssa Choat’s Kinsphere, investigates the relationship performing bodies have with eachother and materials. In her film, performers move against fabrics and materials to address weight, shape and colour. Silicone images fall onto the metal scaffolding to explore the relationship performing bodies have with materials in both live and filmed contexts. The accompanying photographs present stills of documentation from a performance photo shoot, which have been reproduced in a variety of mediums.
Lin Wei’s series Seeing through the Mirror plays with the eye’s understanding and interpretation of the human figure. Wei’s seemingly fictitious reimaginings of the human form challenge perception through the appearance of simultaneously familiar and strange body lines and curves. Wei’s process employs the use of curated shadows, lighting and reflection to disguise recognisable aspects of the body while illuminating others. Her final photographs are free from post-production manipulation.
Alyssa Choat has a professional background in fashion design and currently lectures in Design, Fashion and Textiles Design at UTS . Her creative work has an intimate connection to representations of the body, currently; the focus of her research practice is the materialist alignments between inert material and the live, performing body.
Lin Wei is a photomedia artist and teaches in Interdisciplinary Design Studies at UTS . Wei is interested in questioning the stable and physical nature of the body by exploring various techniques in which the naked human body can be distorted through photography. Wei’s N.A #3 has been announced as first place prize winner and is set to be published in Manifest’s 5th International Photography Annual (release 2017).