Work > belt | flog | punch | hit | whip | tickle

Red Gallery Contemporary Art Space - Fitzroy. Melb. Aust.
2009

“These marks are made by the use of hybrid instruments that I have created based upon what people hit each other with.”

The impetus for Ashlee Laing’s new work is derived from an interest relating to mark making on the body. These works are experimental in the way in which they are created with reference to gestural abstraction. The psychology behind the works is that of re-enacting the act, and visual outcome, of violence and punishment.

“The works are belted, flogged, hit, punched, whipped, kicked and tickled using aestheticized objects that I have created and have exhibited with the work. It was intended that each work be created using only one of the objects I had made, but whilst working with them the process has developed and hence presented alternative possible outcomes. When working on a painting I use a variety of similar techniques- velocity, puissance- that one may use to mark the body.”

Non-consensual
Single channel video
00:03:09
2009
Untitled (Hit)
Acrylic on canvas
122cm X 122cm
2009
Untitled (Punch)
Acrylic & tissue paint on canvas
122cm X 122cm
2009
Untitled (Whip)
Acrylic on canvas
122cm X 91cm
2009
Untitled (Whip II)
Acrylic on canvas
122cm X 91cm
2009
Untitled (Whip III)
Acrylic on canvass
122cm x 122cm
2009
Untitled (Splat)
Ink on paper
56cm x 76cm (unframed)
2009
Untitled (Lash)
Ink & acrylic on paper
56cm x 76cm (unframed)
2009
PIG
Acrylic & urine on beaten leather hide
1.6m X 1.2m
2009
Untitled (Tickler)
Wood, feathers & copper wire
40cm X 14cm
2009
Squeal Piggy, Squeal
Wood, electrical wire, electrical plug & shrink wrap
80cm
2008
Whipper
Wood, bicycle tyre tube & satin ribbon
110cm
2008