Damaris Athene

Based Cambridge, UK
Damaris Athene


Born in Bristol, lives and works in Cambridge. BA (Hons) Camberwell College of Arts 2015.

My practice explores corporeality and abstraction of the human form. Julia Kristeva’s writings on the abject fascinate me and I play with the push and pull of seduction and disgust she speaks of, confronting our shared mortality and the notion of our bodies as pure matter. In my work the body becomes unrecognisable, re-appropriating images from medicine, vastly changing scale or digitally manipulating body parts. Scientific imagery is imbued with emotional value and discussion is provoked.

When I was younger I wanted to be a doctor. Biology fascinated me and one of the things I enjoyed the most was drawing diagrams! I had always been creative, but as I did more art at school my interest and passion grew. Now I cannot imagine doing anything else and have an insatiable urge to create.   

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  • Achievements & Goals

    • Solo show in Cambridge, 2017
    • Participation in 'Platform for Emerging Arts #15' at the Leyden gallery, 2017
    • Solo show at Wigan S.T.E.A.M., April 2018
    • Spending more time on my practice and run arts workshops
  • Genre & Style

    • I explore the corporeality and abstraction of the human form
    • I re-appropriate images from medicine
    • I work mainly in paint but am keen to start exploring sculpture
  • Inspiration & Vision

    • The body, abstraction, Julia Kristeva's writings on the abject, Berlinde de Bruckyere, Francis Bacon, Beatrice Haines
    • Biology, medicine, anatomy, microscopic images, the intangible, subtlety, mortality, derelict buildings, decaying vegetative matter, science
    • Transparency & translucency
  • Sales & Trajectory

    • Sold several of her works
    • Self-financed through different jobs
  • Technique & Material

    • Oil paint on canvas/linen/MDF
    • Sometimes applied very thinly in layers and blended
    • Sometimes thickly applied with a palette knife


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