Jackie BerridgeArtist, Curator, Arts administrator
‘Perfume and Savages’ is a body of work exploring issues of group dynamics and social isolation. The utopian landscapes are the setting for clusters of people and solitary figures whose subtle gestures hint at a darker mood than the bright colours might suggest.
I am particularly fascinated by the subtle nuances of body language – the tilted heads, twisted bodies and small involuntary signals signifying elements of power, control, vulnerability and alienation. From the kindest of gestures to sinister acts of Machiavellian treachery I am interested in the tiny tales of growing und crumbling relationships. Groupings of individuals and lone characters suggest leaders and factions mimicking the hierarchy of the workplace, different social strata or power struggles in the boardroom.