Jan Kossen

Contemporary Art Gallery

Russell Bellamy





Artists Statement

Exuviae is body of work that deals with the inherent vulnerability of life during times of change. In order for many life forms to become stronger, self sufficient and powerful they must first shed their skin or exoskeleton. This results in a period of weakness where they are susceptible to the dangers of their environment. Light weight, fragile, cracked, brittle and often broken or fragmented these objects show signs of struggle and perseverance. They can be interpreted as either the ghostly remnants of aged strength or a symbol for continued endurance and survival that has transformed or evolved into a life more equipped for survival.