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Alexia Psaltis

Hunter School of the Performing Arts

Artwork title
Subsumed
HSC year
2014
ARTEXPRESS year
2015
Expressive form
Photomedia
Artist’s statement

Subsumed is a series of portraits representing the threat to physical, spiritual and psychological identity from rampant industrialisation. The portraits identify how the dominance of industry removes individual human inspiration and imagination. We face a future of surreal, stunted landscapes populated by impaired humanity, symbolised by the replacement of human physicality with machinery. I photographed all the images of industrial structures, objects and landscapes that convey destruction and invasion. I layered these eclectic images with the human portraits to represent the unchecked, pervasive presence of industrial processes in our lives. We are consumed by industry and its detritus.

Influencing artists: Loretta Lux, Jeffrey Smart, Wolfgang Sievers, Rob Dobi

See also ARTEXPRESS 2015 Story Sphere


Collection connections

The portraits created by Alexia Psaltis and Loretta Lux go beyond just capturing the physical appearance of the sitter. Describe what you see and discuss how the artists have pushed the definition of portraiture in their work.

Create images of people as an artistic vehicle to say something more.