The mirror is fractured, shattered & kaleidoscopic
Fuck the reflections, become thee hammer.
Kris Canavan was born in Northern Ireland in 1980 and graduated from Bristol UWE in 2004.
Canavans' art practice is rooted very much in the use of their body and it’s resources and is largely aktion based.
They see their methods of creation throughout artworks [both past and present] as a political ownership of their body, a rejection of the status quo and subservience that is expected of us by the state - essentially their works can be viewed as gestures of defiance and dissent.
Blunt trauma, bodily fluids and products, loving embraces and numerous symbols have all been utilised to convey/relay the message. From images containing mythological metaphors for failure and futility to statements of love and through aktions of conflict and rage they have sought to make beautiful images that convey collective shame, social decay, loss, longing and the desire for a level playing field through ritualised aktion, self sacrifice and labour intensive durational works.
Currently Canavan is undertaking a period of research centring on the the use of bodily waste (piss and shit)in art, protest and philosophy and it's use as a tool of shame, that is consequently used as a system of control and how through subversive acts this matter can be weaponised by the oppressed.