Athene’s practice explores corporeality and abstraction of the human form. Inspired by Julia Kristeva’s writings on the abject, he plays with the push and pull of seduction and disgust, confronting our shared mortality and the notion of our bodies as pure matter.
“In my work the body becomes unrecognisable, re-appropriating images from medicine, vastly changing scale or digitally manipulating body parts. Scientific imagery is imbued with emotional value and discussion is provoked.”
The Trauma series depicts delicately painted bruises, contradicting their forceful and painful creation. “The beauty in these apparently abstract images seems at odds with their abject subject matter, creating a dichotomy that captivates me. “
The exhibiting work comprises of solar plate prints from the original painting Trauma.