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A Threatening Confection

A visual investigation
of an eating disorder
through photography and paint
by emerging artist Gabrielle Gollogly.

In contemporary society we are confronted daily by the triggering temptations of a culture geared toward easily accessible food, over-consumption, and the unavoidable marketing that maintains and fuels an addiction. Through theoretical research and practical exploration, Gabrielle Gollogly has investigated the destructive effects of eating disorders, through addressing the connections between food, body image, addiction, and overindulgence. A raw interpretation is expressed through photographically capturing heightened moments of the binge, which I have amplified with the application of paint. The portraits convey vulnerability and fragility with the imagery depicting the indulgent comfort found in eating. Each photograph has been embellished with paint, creating an intoxicating effect and blurring the boundaries of desire and dependency. The depiction of colour-saturated sugary food and the act of over-consumption create a tension between attraction and repulsion. This body of work is motivated by the notion that strategically marketed ‘forbidden’ foods are especially alluring; however, this seductive quality is troubled by the reality of a mental illness controlled by an addiction to sugar.


EXHIBITION DATES:
Saturday 6 – Tuesday 30 January 2018
Monday – Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm

OFFICIAL OPENING: 
Friday 5 January 2018, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

ARTIST TALK:
date tbc


Image Credits:
Gabrielle Gollogly. The Binge 1 (2017). Oil paint on photograph, 83 x 68.5 cm
Gabrielle Gollogly. Party for One (2017). Oil paint on photograph, 150.5 x 99.5 cm.

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