This is one of several pieces created in the eighties based on
'musclebound' body-building magazines. I was always a little furtive
poring over these colourful, gamey images. As a vegetarian of long
I felt a little as if I'd been caught looking at pictures of prime
I feel amused and appalled by these specimens in equal measure. There
a morbid fascination in the increase in girth and visibility of the
blood vessels required to carry greater volumes of blood to the
musculature. This thickening resembles roots of trees burrowing and
under the skin. Also, I'm a cyclist.
The incongruity was carried over to the following, larger scale piece
(in a similar
to contrast gleaming metal with oiled flesh.
Musclecar(line and wash on paper)
Musclecar and Musclebike on show at St
Ipswich in the Key Arts Members' Exhibition, March 2010.