Alice Clanachan,  fine print  live, Melrose Wing, Art Gallery of South Australia, September 2018. Photo by Nat Rogers.

Alice Clanachan, fine print live, Melrose Wing, Art Gallery of South Australia, September 2018. Photo by Nat Rogers.

Alice Clanachan and Roy Ananda

Caroline Rothwell, Transmutation, 2010

 
 
 Roy Ananda,  fine print  live,   Melrose Wing, Art Gallery of South Australia, September 2018. Photo by Nat Rogers.

Roy Ananda, fine print live, Melrose Wing, Art Gallery of South Australia, September 2018. Photo by Nat Rogers.

I am going to speak about two things:

one, the materiality and construction of this figure 

and two, Rothwell’s visual inspiration for the form.

— Alice Clanachan


 

Speculations on the subject of Caroline Rothwell’s portrait work Transmutation

  • Protocol droid C3-P0, partially dismembered by ugnaughts in Cloud City, Bespin (Irvin Kershner (director), The Empire Strikes Back, 1980)

  • Marvin being shot in the face by Vincent Vega after Jules Winnfield’s car may or may not have gone over a bump (Quentin Tarantino (director), Pulp Fiction, 1994)

  • The naiad Daphne undergoing transformation into a laurel tree (Ovid (author), Metamorphoses, 8 CE)

  • Cartoon character being erased after a dispute with his animator (Chuck Jones (director), Duck Amuck, 1953)

  • Nyarlathotep, the Crawling Chaos, manifesting as the God of the Bloody Tongue (H.P. Lovecraft (creator), Nyarlathotep, 1920)

  • A prince in the process of turning into a raven upon the utterance of the chill curse, “the shirt will hurt, the wings will sting, the beak will shriek, the eyes will cry” (Jim Henson (creator), The Storyteller: The Three Ravens, 1987)

  • Captain James T. Kirk being beamed from the Starship Enterprise to another location (Gene Roddenberry (creator), Star Trek, 1966 to present)

  • Frank Cotton tasting the pleasures of the Cenobites on the other side of the Schism (Clive Barker (author), The Hellbound Heart, 1986)

  • One of the first five Adams upon hearing the awesome power of God’s true voice (Kevin Smith (director), Dogma, 1999)

  • Morpheus of the Endless, King of Dreams and Prince of Stories with his raven Matthew (Neil Gaiman (creator), The Sandman, 1989 to present)

  • Exham of Farloft (tenth level ranger/ second level fighter) under the effects of an Enlarge Person spell, pictured with his avian companion Skaras (Roy Ananda and Foti Pitrakkos (authors), on-going Dungeons and Dragons campaign, 2014 to present)

    Roy Ananda

 

Alice Clanachan is a writer and curator in Adelaide, South Australia.

Roy Ananda is a multidisciplinary artist in Adelaide, South Australia.