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Metamorphosis Painting

Masked Sphinx

United Kingdom

Painting, Spray Paint on Canvas

Size: 60.2 W x 49.2 H x 1.6 D in

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The Metamorphosis (after Kafka) (2024) Franz Kafka’s novella The Metamorphosis has left a lasting impression on me - themes of family and support structures that have become disrupted and the physical and psychological effects of isolation and alienation as Gregor transforms into an enormous insect. Gregor dies in a “noble, but foolish selflessness to a family that never loved him”. I have thought a lot about this book in this series of paintings, Uncanny Worlds. Gregor’s metamorphosis takes on a supernatural significance. It’s a horror story describing the anxious uncertainty about the transformation of what is real caused by an apparent impossibility. What’s left is an uncanny and eerie feeling - a sudden and disturbing sense of not being-at-home in the world. A line divides the canvas into two parts that goes from light to darkness, consciousness to unconsciousness, life to death.

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Painting:Spray Paint on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:60.2 W x 49.2 H x 1.6 D in

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Masked Sphinx (Melissa Budasz) studied fine art painting at Camberwell and Norwich Art Schools (1997) and lives and works in Kent. She has curated and exhibited in several large-scale projects, events, and exhibitions including the Uniqlo Tate Lates, Tate Modern (2018), a solo exhibition at Conway Hall, London (2017), and in group shows that include the Gerald Moore Gallery, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Guys Hospital and the Stephen Lawrence Centre. She ran South London Women Artists (2013-2016) and during this time she was the founder and editor of ArtVerve, a journal on women’s art (2014-2017).

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