Nick Veasey

Nick Veasey

We live in a world obsessed with image. What we look like, what our clothes look like,  houses, cars… I like to counter this obsession with superficial appearance by using X rays to strip back the layers and show what it is like under the surface. Often the  integral beauty adds intrigue to the familiar. We all make assumptions based on the  external visual aspects of what surrounds us and we are attracted to people and forms  that are aesthetically pleasing. I like to challenge this automatic way that we react to  just physical appearance by highlighting the, often surprising, inner beauty. 

This society of ours, consumed as it is by image, is also becoming increasingly  controlled by security and surveillance. Take a flight, or go into a high profile  courtroom and your belongings will be X-rayed. The post arriving in corporations and  government departments has often been X-rayed. Security cameras track our every  move. Mobile phone receptions place us at any given time. Information is key to the  fight against whatever we are meant to be fighting against. To create art with  equipment and technology designed to help big brother delve deeper, to use some of  that fancy complicated gadgetry that helps remove the freedom and individuality in our  lives, to use that apparatus to create beauty brings a smile to my face. 

To mix my metaphors, we all know we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, that beauty  is more than skin deep. By revealing the inside, the quintessential element of my art  speculates upon what the manufactured and natural world really consists of.

 

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