Vile Bodies is an installation I did for Babycastles at 285 Kent in conjunction with Leigh Alexander's "Bad Bitches" gaming showcase.
I wanted to make paintings that would respond to the sort of indifferent audience I've frequently seen at openings, whether or not the audience was paying attention.
To accomplish this, I made my own encaustic paints with a range of melting points. The topmost layer, made with a wax designed for microscopy under arctic conditions, was delicate enough to begin to melt as the venue filled with warm bodies.
Each successive layer was less sensitive with the bottom layer only melting after the backlights had sufficient time to warm the boxes.
The images were sexual but not explicit. The effects were random and fortuitous. This crying girl was a favorite.
Carlos Ruiz assisted in construction and booked the accompanying show at the venue.