Incidental Damage explores the tensions created when experimenting with unpredictable printmaking techniques, purposefully diminishing his own control of the outcome and surrendering agency to the process. In the process, an aluminium plate is pinned to a wooden board and on its surface a design is drawn with permanent marker. The marker easily glides across the surface of the plate leaving thick lines of ink, which scratches off easily. Small imperfections in its coverage allow acid to bite the metal beneath, and selected lines are engraved with a dry-point tool, a physically demanding medium. When printed these lines agglutinate together, breaking and swelling unpredictably.
Sleeman-Taylor uses images sourced online and live poses as inspiration to create amorphous amalgamations of the human form. The figures do not represent any one individual, rather, they are the basis for works that generate an intense sense of empathy and vulnerability. These figures are cumbersome, exposed and vulnerable. Unwieldy forms that deny the privilege of comfort and evoke a reflexive sense of sympathy. Each figure is characterised by damage sustained when transferred to and from the metal plate.
Image: Joshua Sleeman-Taylor F4 'Temorary' 2019