is a Melbourne-based photographer who uses a quote from Sylvia Plath when talking about her work: “Skin doesn’t have roots, it peels away easy as paper.”
For Clancy, who often works with photographs of facial details, Plath’s skin-and-paper comparison mirrors her own practice where “the surfaces of the skin and the photograph are central.” Detailing wrinkles and folds, photographing dust, or using bacteria to imagine complete bodies, Clancy nods to new art forms like BioArt but in a way that touches upon longstanding philosophical and aesthetic concerns. Her focus on the body, particularly on skin, is indebted to an earlier generation of women artists, but at some remove from the politics of feminist body art or a grungier abjection.
Peta’s work explores the themes of impermanence, transience, temporality, mutability and the corporeal and subjective limits of the human body. Her photographic practice veers away from the two dimensional limitations to embrace photography’s expanded field, with interventions such as piercing, crumpling, creasing and embedding it in wax.
More about Peta Clancy and her works here.