Project Native Informant

Sean Steadman

The Burrow

PNI, London

In these paintings, the surface swells. Volumes fold downwards into bore-holes, furrows smudge through vaults, manifolds scrunch past veins whilst rims cantilever over collars. Grids tuck under clasps, swellings push against webbing, disks seep through wiring as pockets erode down past promontories.

These individual forms are subdivisions of a larger whole, metabolising or masticating its interior. The paintings are held together by the pressure of their volumes; the bilateral tendency calls to mind something machinic or animal, even facial.

These organisations however are lacking a body, no limbs or organs: these are still structures of zinc oxide, cadmium, barium chromate, manganese, ammonium phosphate, ground bone, ultramarine, titanium dioxide, cobalt and umber.

We encounter their frontal stance. They confront our inspection of them, their markings at times resemble a gaze returning.

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