In The Flesh, Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Dunedin NZ (2017)

There is an obsessive quality within the works of Matila-Smith, obsessive of a character that is unknown to everyone, including, as it seems from the viewer’s perspective, the artist. The identity of the character is not important either, instead, the feeling of longing to belong.

In The Flesh examines societies understanding and expectations of intimacy, lust and romance, and societies assertion of these expectations onto the self.



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