Host

The paintings of Craig Freeborn look at the idea of the host as a biological and social phenomenon, in order to explore the fragility and social dislocation of the human condition within contemporary society. For Freeborn the term 'host' refers to the individual as a breeding ground for disease, as well as a mechanism for social interaction. The broad definition allows him to investigate the different ways in which the concept can operate in both the subject and materiality of the paintings. This can be seen in his depiction of the figure throughout the show, which is often awkwardly placed in dimly lit environments to create a sense of discomfort and unease. Their faces smeared and distorted as if showing the signs of age and infection. This vulnerability is further reinforced by the act of exhibiting the work, in which the artist also becomes the host when opening their work up to public scrutiny.

Philip Madill