The intricate and intense death-themed artwork of UK artist Boo Saville caught our attention recently, and is quickly becoming a favorite of ours here at slamxhype amongst other artists of the New Gothic Art movement the likes of Banks Violette, Terrence Koh and David Noonan.
Saville, fascinated by the decomposition of the human body after death, creates intricate works of art from images of dead bodies gleaned on the internet and from books. Preoccupied with restoring such temporal moments of death back into lively objects. Her work deals with the archetypes, symbolism and rituals around how we experience images of death and how these images have a totemic quality. What I find most fascinating are her early biro on paper drawings that portrays compellingly dark and gothic imagery. Executed with fine rendering techniques in monochromatic colors; the intricate details of the work really captures the feel of death, and is immediately apparent to the viewer.
Available now on othercriteria are her Ghost monoprints that have been disrupted by being drawn on, burned or cut, in many ways changing the mark making process and adding an element of risk to the coherence of the final image. The monoprints are titled ‘Ghost’ a suggestion of the transient, fluid nature of this process and a play on its obvious, more macabre, reference.