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The Thickening

 
Edwin Burdis

An artist in the broadest sense of the word, Edwin Burdis’ work explores the interaction of image, sound and movement to create captivating pieces whose inherent ambiguity invite the audience to draw their own connections. Combining sculpture, panting, music and performance, Edwin’s works rely on an instinctive spontaneity, which drives the energy tangible within each piece.
 
The Thickening at Jupiter Artland uses both the gallery and outdoor spaces to constructs a cure centre, in which Edwin offers up an alternative cancer treatment, calling upon sensory stimulation and joy as remedy.  With phallic, glove-shaped motifs running throughout the work, the varying components are also brought together through the colour pallet that offsets a rich red with chemical brights reminding us, perhaps, of the artificial nature of modern medicine.  With each sculptural form a member of Edwin’s band, the group comes together to play the orchestral score emitted throughout the gallery.
 
Providing the setting for Edwin’s performance piece, the artist places himself as the nurse to this treatment centre, conducting the pieces activation.