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Kings Artist-Run provides a location for contemporary art practice, supporting distinctive experimental projects by artists at all stages of their careers.
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KINGS Artist-Run acknowledges the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we operate.

We offer our respect to Elders both past and present and extend this offer to all Australian First Nations people.

Deep, Dark, Desperate / Eat Your Saints

Deborah Prior
Jess Taylor

04 August 2018–25 August 2018

Deep, Dark, Desperate / Eat Your Saints is a multi-sensory installation and performance exploring individual and collective acts of violence through a feminist lens. Engaging with the morally ambiguous, voyeuristic pleasures of horror films, acts of brutality from canons of art and anatomy, and the martyrdom of saints, the exhibition will use cast forms from the artists’ own bodies, offering them up as sacrificial vessels.

Realised in wax and chocolate, these vessels are intended to be destroyed and consumed – by both the artists and audience – slipping between liquid/solid in a transformative process evoking magic, miracles, and entropy. As a historically bodily material, wax recorded the physical presence of the dead or diseased. Chocolate is equally fleshy, but an object of desire, and a reminder of the Dangerous Appetites of Women.

Through abject, simulated acts of immolation and cannibalism, the artists will confront the extreme cultural unease surrounding female bodies and identities.

Image: Deborah Prior, “Theobromine” (detail), 2012, chocolate, bees wax, silk, mixed media

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  • Prior is an early career artist based in Adelaide who has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally. Her practice explores the physical and psychological realities of being and having a body, and how domestic craft might inform Feminist modes of production. Her PhD (awarded in 2014) reimagined corporeal female bodies to find access points for subversion and transformation.
  • Born in 1990, Jess studied at Adelaide Central School of Art, graduating with first class honours in 2013. In 2016, she commenced her Masters by Research at UniSA, investigating how visual art might perform the same social function as horror’s narratives. Based in Adelaide, Jess has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally.