Colour Me Dead is a large-scale project which re-evaluates quite conservative and traditional paintings form the Neoclassical, Heroic, Romantic and Symbolist periods in order to forensically evaluate how they have treated the (mostly female) nude. The project is rooted in a close analysis of actual artworks — how the nude has been posed, lit, depicted, rendered, transformed—in order to chart how these seemingly ‘beautiful’ images from (mostly) the mid-18thC to late-19thC portend the darker psycho-sexual compulsions which became manifest in art and entertainment in the 20thC.
The Colour Me Dead project takes two forms which are integrally linked: the suite of 18 productions which materialize in various media (HD film/video, digital animation, and digital vector prints) the perspectives informed by the project's research, and the in-development publication Colour Me Dead: Art, Sex & Psychos which presents the research in detail.
In 2013, the awarding of the Vizard Contemporary Art Project facilitated the production of the first 6 artworks, exhibited in a solo exhibition at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne, curated by Bala Starr. Following an Australia Council grant in 2013, the next 6 artworks were produced throughout 2014 and into 2015. The remaining 6 works are currently in production.
Curator/editor - Bala Starr
Design - 5678 Design
Cover & fonts - Philip Brophy
Published by Ian Potter Museum of Art, MelbourneCatalogue © 2013