Chloe Rosser's work, Form, speaks of the human condition and our increasing alienation from our own bodies. In these photographs, what should be intimately familiar is transformed into an unfamiliar sculpture.
Photographed in this contorted fashion, the body becomes almost inhuman; it is a mindless mass of flesh, a growth. Although the figures are abstract they still retain many human qualities; foetal like poses, flecks of freckles and the subtle arc of the spine. The forms photographed are a stark contrast to our society’s concept of an ‘ideal body’. While their peculiarity and soft lighting intrigues us, a sense of the cadaver repels us.
In her images, Rosser totally subverts our idea of the nude. Approaching the grotesque, the photographs appear to be digitally manipulated. Far from the sought after attractive body image, it is the raw and unaltered quality of these images that render them most potent. Rosser challenges mainstream conceptions of body image through capturing a fluidity of gender and identity. The anonymity and fragmented appearance allows us to focus on the colours in the skin, the imperfections, marks and contours. The bodies are situated in an inescapable bleak space that mirrors the boxy containers we live in. In an age when we are saturated with digitally altered and enhanced imagery, these real, fleshy sculptures stand out and challenge how we look at the human body.