A Thousand Plateaus
"The face, what a horror. It is naturally a lunar landscape, with its pores, planes, matts, bright colours, whiteness and holes: there is no need for a close-up to make it inhuman; it is naturally a close-up, and naturally inhuman. A monstrous hood
Deleuze & Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus (1980)
Cat Roissetter studied MA Visual Communications at the Royal College of Art where she was awarded the Augustus Martyn Print Prize for etching in her final year. Roissetter works from photographic sources mistreated in such a way they transgress through sun bleaching, dust gathering, scale collecting,damp and general rot. Through the neurotic observation of the imagery she degenerates the forms through continual distortion of mixed media print, drawing and painting.
Roissetter is interested in the history of facial development: from the embryonic, half-formed pre-face of an imagined pre-history to a facility with the capacity for advanced, nuanced communication through expression and gesture.
Deleuze & Guattari's, A Thousand Plateaus, considers the bizarre and constant interplay between facial signification and reaction. Working from life, photographs and imagination Roissetter creates the images through a process of abstracting and restructuring, resulting in portraits which are simultaneously beautiful and grotesque.