Award winning designer Martyn Roberts (Dark
Matterandwai=rua=A=line=near) is exhibiting a series of photoworks
in the forthcoming 2017 Dunedin Fringe Festival. CalledBright
Chrysalis, it is an continuation of Martyn working with low light
images (as in his experimental work with theafterburnercompany).
This time he has brought in local special effects make up artist
Zoe Armstrong (Zoe Armstrong SFX) to create wounds to the bodies of
the models, where he then shoots the images in a low light
environment. However there is a twist! Not all the images are in
fact make up, so while the viewer may see the realistic looking
wounds as being 'not real', they may not actually know that some of
what they are seeing could be a true wound! (Some models offered up
their actual wounds for photographing).
The idea behind Bright Chrysalis is about making our
collective societal wounds manifest in a visual form. Wounds are so
often hidden, and thereforeBright Chrysalisexposes and reveals our
own thoughts about the internal being spilled out of the body, be
it in a subtly wounded way. While it avoids being cartoonishly
gorey,Bright Chrysalisremains disturbing nonetheless. The images
will intrigue, and provoke.