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Cally Trench: Body Drawings

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Cally Trench has made lifesize drawings of bodies lying flat in the floor, both prone and supine.

Cally Supine is of the artist's own body, slightly larger than lifesize, in ink on watercolour paper. It is unframed, and curves at top and bottom, so that there is no glass between it and the viewer, and it intrudes into the viewer’s space.

The drawn body averts her eyes from the viewers, allowing them to contemplate this aging body in its natural imperfect state, unshaved, un-made-up, unimproved. Every vein and wrinkle is recorded. The drawing is of Cally's body lying flat on her back, but once placed vertically on a wall, it seems as if the body is floating above the floor.

Cally Supine was shown in Intergenfem (curated by Desperate Artwives), as part of FiLiArt during the FiLiA Conference at the Institute of Education, London, October 2017.

Cally Supine in Intergenfem

Cally Trench
Cally Supine in Intergenfem
Ink on watercolour paper
Detail of Cally Supine

Cally Trench
Detail of Cally Supine
Paper size 104 x 227 cm

Cally Trench writes of Philip Prone and Philip Supine: 'Most people are so conditioned to avoid other people's nakedness that they avert their eyes from the naked body if they are presented with one in the flesh. This is, I think, because they are afraid to be caught looking, especially by the naked person. Philip's performances allow people to look at his naked body by using clay to turn himself into an object, a sculpture, a monster. People feel they have permission to look at him, even an obligation to look at him. In a parallel way, my lifesize detailed drawings also give permission and invite people to examine Philip's body.'

Detail of Philip Prone

Cally Trench, Detail of Philip Prone
Ink on watercolour paper, 104 x 227 cm
Detail of Philip Supine

Cally Trench
Detail of Philip Supine
Philip Supine and Philip Prone

Cally Trench, Philip Supine and Philip Prone
Ink on watercolour paper, each 104 x 227 cm
Detail of Philip Prone
Cally Trench
Detail of Philip Prone
Detail of Philip Supine
Cally Trench
Detail of Philip Supine
Philip Supine and Philip Prone

Installing Philip Supine, 2013
Photo: Sophie Loss

Philip Prone and Philip Supine were all shown in Do you remember it - or weren't you there? at London Gallery West, University of Westminster, in January-March 2013. See Do you remember it or weren't you there?.

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