Current Projects

The Swanston Street Series

“…to me tattooing is the externalisation of the internal, inked eternally onto the skin.”

The Swanston Street Series is an ongoing project, which began in 2015 as a series of paintings created during a series of stays in Geelong’s Swanston Center.
An exploration of emotions embedded in the tattooed skin of the institutionalized.

The paintings (and sketches) have been translated and developed into a collection of lino prints (currently a work in progress) to be exhibited in 2017.

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Above: artist proofs of lino cuts for Swanston Street Series

Some of the designs have been printed as “temporary tattoos” to be applied in an interactive performance piece by the artist, complete with “temporary tattoo machine” (Date TBC). A preliminary study for the piece is under way, with temporary tattoos and “constructed relics” mailed out to participants. Photos of the tattoos will be displayed on the website as received.

CLICK HERE to see the video of the first performance.

Below: Preliminary study for interactive performance piece.

Below: working drawings (ink on paper), 2016

Copyright (c) Emma Armstrong-Porter 2016.