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.