Drawing from Roland Barthes quote (taken from his Pleasure of the Text): ‘Is not the most erotic portion of a body where the garment gapes? … the intermittence of skin flashing between two articles of clothing (trousers and sweater), between two edges (the open-necked shirt, the glove and the sleeve); it is this flash itself which seduces, or rather: the staging of an appearance-as disappearance’, Unbuttoned, depicts a man’s shirt with a button undone revealing a black crevice where skin is known to be but instead hidden in the darkness. It is this flash of skin that is meant to seduce, spark your curiosity, you cant help but stare at the button that shouldn't be open, a state of revealing. This is something we may experience within the public sphere that also displays something private, a fleeting moment we are drawn into as we know it shouldn’t be visible which, nevertheless, we cant help but stare at.
The cut present in the piece mimics the curve of the open shirt, unsettling the traditional narrative of what a spectator expects from photography and printmaking, allowing a freedom to stare however, through the methods and materials used in the works creation this isn't as easy as you'd hope. Playing with our desire to understand the information provided within an image or in this case missing from the images there is a greater need required from the audience to fill in the gaps. It has often been suggested that photographs, which now permeate our everyday existence, do not hold our attention for long. By crossing disciplines and creating spaces a viewer can enter physically, there is a greater engagement with the image contrasting the way we may engage with images on a daily basis.
Medium: Screen print on aluminium, stainless steel frame
Country of Origin: United Kingdom