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Samuel Bartle

My practice aims to tackle the question of identity through means of sculpture.

By using found objects, I try to piece together what it means to be alive, to have a cognitive ability to recognise that we are in fact living, and how to handle the absurdity this leaves us with.

Focusing mainly on queerness and masculinity, I use my own body and objects it comes in contact with to explore themes of precariousness, otherness and solidarity.

A sense of discomfort is always central to the work – matching this with contemporary aesthetics is a way of bringing to surface the dichotomies of pleasure in pain or serenity in sadness: something we all share as beings.

Together with minimalism, absurdism is of great importance to me in the process of creating new works; they attempt to represent effectively while there being very little substance.