Close up images of cocks, arses and vaginas become nearly abstract in their layered, fast swathes of pigment.
She discovered a website Chat Random—a more sexual version of Chat Roulette—and felt compelled to make work about it.
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That lack of clarity is interesting from a conceptual as well as visual level: the human has become veiled in a way.
Hempton suggests that the “thick grotty grungy blurry slimy quality” reflects something about the experience of going on what are essentially sex sites. (“Getting close is a way of not giving the body a particular context,” she says.) The works can be erotic, but that sensuality is not always present, as the artist is aware of the complex and sometimes repulsive, even masochistic nature of looking at the sites.
As an adult only webcam chat site, we know that many of our users come here just for adult pleasures. With the weight of the history of art on her shoulders, Celia Hempton has quietly come along and readdressed its representation in an inventive and very modern way.Her intimate, computer screen-sized paintings largely focus on genitalia.We love seeing human connections and random chat is a way for humans to connect with one another even during the digital age.When technology seems to be tearing us apart, we feel that it can actually bring the world closer together than ever before.She is a contributing editor at Dazed, Twin, Artsy and An Other magazine, and the curator of the Soho House collection.