Both Plato and Immanuel Kant put forward theories relating to the beautiful. Do we decide something is beautiful based on its aesthetic quality or its context? Formalism is an analytical approach to an image that focuses on its form and visual aesthetic. By using Formalism, my aim was to distort the essence of the object and question Plato's Theory of Form by utilising Kant's theories. The images taken are of two separate objects with different essences. One object is created using paint. The other is a skinned dead rat, the excess from taxidermy. By photographically distorting the objects to appear unlike their essences, we question our processing of an image. Are we reliant on context or the denoted imagery?
Dean Baybutt • Megan Bayliss • Rebecca Frank • Alex Hartley • Toria Lockyer • Elizabeth Old • Georgina Rimmer • Hazel Whittall •