thick mud slowly oozing

Anousha Payne

September 18 - November 20, 2022

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Stellarhighway is pleased to present thick mud slowly oozing, London-based artist Anousha Payne’s first solo exhibition in the US, which borrows its title from ‘The Passion According to G.H.,’ a novel by Clarice Lispector about self-realization and self-transformation. This show continues Payne’s investigation into the boundaries between lived experiences, fiction and myth with a new series of quasi self-potraits based on the Corleck Head, a three-faced Iron Age sculpture from Ireland, in a shift from from the artist’s usual emphasis on Tamil folklore. 

“Take it, take all this for yourself. I don’t want to be a living person! I’m disgusted and amazed by myself, thick mud slowly oozing. That’s what it was, so that’s what it was. Because I’d looked at the living roach and was discovering inside it the identity of my deepest life. In a difficult demolition, hard and narrow paths were opening within me. I looked at it, at the roach: I hated it so much I was going over to its side, feeling solidarity with it, since I couldn’t stand being left alone with my aggression. And all of a sudden I moaned out loud, this time I heard my moan. Because rising to my surface like pus was my truest matter—and with fright and loathing I was feeling that ‘I-being’ was coming from a source far prior to the human source and, with horror, much greater than the human.” — Clarice Lispector, ‘The Passion According to G.H.’

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