Chloe Rosser Reduces the Human Form
The human body is reduced to an alien shape in photographer Chloe Rosser‘s latest series, Form, selected for the recent exhibition FreshFaced+WildEyed. Capturing her models in the nude, their figures contorted to conceal various body parts, Rosser reveals another perspective of the body we are so familiar with through unexpected, unsettling visions. Each image feels recognizable through the medium of flesh but still remains mysterious through its subject’s positioning. In Form, the body is almost repulsive in its fragmented appearance, which addresses our comfort in acknowledging humanness as we know it.
©Chloe Rosser – Form 1, 1
“The work speaks of the human condition and our increasing alienation from our own bodies,” Rosser told the WILD. “The forms photographed are far from the ideal bodily image and hold a sense of the cadaver about them. The grey walls surrounding the bodies are bleak, allowing no escape from the space, while the marked surfaces mirror the imperfections visible on the anonymous figures.”
On the technical side of the project, Rosser captured her models bathed in natural light and purposefully strayed from digital manipulations. With their predetermined, static forms, the figures also have a sculptural quality to them, and Rosser cites Berlinde de Bruycker’s wax figures as a major influence. Still, unlike most sculptures, viewing these in the round isn’t an option, since doing so would ruin the illusion. That restriction, however, only contributes to their vulnerability. And with the figures frozen in space, we’re invited to focus on some of the less prominent features of the body, like the subtle arc of the spine, flecks of freckles, and the soft folds of skin.
©Chloe Rosser – Form 1, 2
©Chloe Rosser – Form 2, 4
©Chloe Rosser – Form 2, 5
©Chloe Rosser – Form 4, 4
Chloe’s WILD Wish:
To have a canal boat. I recently spent a lovely day on the River Lea near London on a friend’s boat — the most accurate way to describe it would have to be “awfully pleasant.” I realize that might not be very wild, but it’s good to get out of London sometimes.