Highcrest waxes lyrical

There is a really interesting set of photographs here. The work draws upon Japanese references but what is unusual is the use of batik wax which has been worked over the surface of the portraits and carved. Inks and text have also been used to add richness and additional meaning. The effect gives a strange richness to the photographs and the whole set of about fifteen is fascinating.
I also enjoyed the references. Many of the students were using classical texts to inform research and sometimes this became part of the work. As in other exhibitions media is mixed easily and to good effect. So images involve textiles, wax, stitching, papier mache, boxes, photographs as well as painting and drawing. So an interesting fusion of rather traditional approaches to art alongside very contemporary practices. (link to last year)

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Senior Advisor, Art Inspector, Member of the Expert Advisory Group for Art, Consultant working with NSEAD, IOE, QCA, UCE, UOG. Currently lecturer at UCL working on a project in Kazakhstan to develop text books for a new art curriculum.
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