PAPER’s first two-person exhibition of 2014 brings together two gallery artists, Susannah Douglas and Bethan Hamilton. Both work in graphite, producing hyperreal works that discuss the relationship between photography and found imagery on the internet.
Susannah’s drawings play on our shared memories. Susannah’s work centres around drawings developed from collaged photocopies of anonymous internet images. The drawings exaggerate processes of repetition and conventions of posed portraiture, whilst maintaining the nostalgic desire for the unique hand-crafted work.
Bethan Hamilton’s work is an exploration of female sexuality, identity and body image through mark making. For her exhibition at PAPER, Bethan has drawn from an ongoing series of portrait drawings using found imagery of women consuming a variety of foods, taken from the internet. Contrived, sleazy publicity shots of actresses eating ice cream juxtaposed with animalistic snapshots of competitive binge eaters. She seeks to further examine the contradictory attitudes towards the female form and the exploitation of men and women’s physical desires within the media and popular culture.