La Petite Mort

The body of work “La Petite Mort” explores Rococo forms and motifs through a distinctly Surrealist lens, framed in a moment of jouissance – the orgasm or la petite mort. In its time the visuality of the Rococo was criticized for its asymmetry, for its sinuously curving and “feminine” forms and for its superfluous ornamentation. On the contrary, “La Petite Mort” celebrates Rococo excess for its ability to concurrently embody unbridled hedonism, creativity and sensuality. A dissolving of barriers is also key to this body of work, as in the moment of orgasm or “little death,” boundaries between self/ other, male/female, subject/object are blurred, and Bataille’s words “a possible continuance of being beyond the self” might occur. La Petite Mort was exhibited at Sydney College of the Arts in 2011 and Coff’s Harbour Regional Gallery in 2012.

La Petite Mort (installation view), 2011
Dimensions variable
Photo: Ian Hobbs

La Chaise, 2011
Found object, polyurethane resin, synthetic modelling compound, acrylic paint
160cm x 60cm x 80cm
Photo: Ian Hobbs

La Chaise (detail), 2011
Photo: Ian Hobbs

Onanisme (installation view), 2011
Acrylic, acrylic ink, pigment liner, synthetic modelling compound, faux perals, glitter and board on canvas
160cm x 180cm
Photo: Matt Abbott

Onanisme, 2011
Acrylic, acrylic ink, pigment liner, synthetic modelling compound, faux perals, glitter and board on canvas
160cm x 180cm
Photo: Ian Hobbs

Menage a Trois, 2011
Pigment liner and watercolour on paper
110cm x 120cm
Photo: Matt Abbott

Menage a Trois (detail), 2011
Pigment liner and watercolour on paper
Photo: Matt Abbott

La Fleur, 2011
Three colour screen print on paper
40cm x 50cm