Damaris Athene Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
Damaris Athene’s interdisciplinary practice examines how digital technology is altering the world around us, affecting how we interact with and perceive our own bodies. Athene is a studio artist at Wysing Arts Centre and graduated from Camberwell College of Arts in 2015 with a BA(Hons) in Painting.
Damaris Athene’s interdisciplinary practice examines how digital technology is altering the world around us, affecting how we interact with and perceive our own bodies. The flattening and perfecting of the digital world is interrogated through an exploration of corporeality and abstraction of the human form in painting, sculpture, performance, photography, digital collage, printmaking, and the boundaries between these mediums. Athene takes particular interest in the digitisation of female bodies and how ‘now we can digitise our dysmorphia by virtually modifying what we dislike, creating “perfect” selves’ Coy-Dibley.
Athene plays with the push and pull of seduction and disgust that Julia Kristeva speaks on in her writings on the abject, confronting our shared mortality and the notion of our bodies are pure matter. Athene is interested in how this interacts with our digital world. Does our corporeality become more abject in contrast with digital perfection?
New photos examine the boundary of the digital and the physical by activating sculptural paintings with the female body. While other new work traverses the boundary between painting and sculpture while evoking an unnerving sense of the body. The smooth airbrushed surface tantalises, begging for your touch. Protrusions bulge underneath the soft membrane, recalling fat and folds of flesh. It entices yet disgusts, is beautiful yet grotesque. The abject body lurks beneath its digital surface.
Projects and exhibitions
If Only I Could Be 2D
01/06/2021 — 22/06/2021
A miniature solo show at Compact Contemporary, a renovated dolls' house. An artist run project founded by Helen Dryden.
|Compact Contemporary, Leeds||Details|
I Wish I Was As Hot As My Memoji
08/05/2021 — 14/05/2021
A miniature solo exhibition at The Open Dresser Gallery, a renovated dresser. An artist run project founded by Sally El Dars.
|The Open Dresser Gallery, Sevenoaks, Kent||Details|