Everything gives you cancer
When noted oncologist Joe Jackson first proclaimed that "Everything gives you cancer", I think most people understood him to be speaking about things that most perceive as good things in life -smoking, drinking, red meats etc. But a quick look at even a partial list of known human carcinogens proves that he may as well have been speaking literally. Everything gives you cancer, a representation akin to Dutch Vanitas of the 17th century, Evoking the body through a time when the simple enjoyment of food, drink and routine was not yet a morbid overture of fear. Through the butchery of these ostentatious yet familiar images, the object now becomes abject, leading the pieces to then identify as a state of mind.
Ben Copping • James Guy • Jack Hatton • Stef Parkinson • Joshua Phillips • Niki Povey • Bella Probyn • Steven Ramage • Nicola Thompson • Catherine Todd • Sarah Frances Young •