Rain Lucien Matheke
The destructive, contemplative, and repetitive processes used to make my work examine struggles between death and preservation as well as acceptance and control, in an effort to establish a sense of permanence in a decaying body. Illness comprises much of life. My practice embraces and celebrates the seemingly futile pursuit of the preservation of life and the fragility of the body.
Painting, performance, and sculpture become surrogate bodies that I infuse with energy gleaned from others through intimate exchange. This exchange may involve face-to-face encounters or indirect contact in the form of human blood donations. Together these works consider the imperfections of the world in an attempt to evoke anxiety, confusion, discomfort, and fear.
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