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Close ups from the series Closing Bones

Salmon is currently working on her newest and largest body of work to-date, Closing Bones- a series of over 30 black and white, and hand coloured photographs.

 

Salmon often acts as both performer and photographer in her works, using her own body in sequences of choreographed gestures and movements. These solo performances are captured with multiple exposures on 120mm film. The tender and/or sexualised relationships between self /selves are illusory and only revealed once the negatives are developed.

 

During 2020 and the isolation of the pandemic's lockdowns, Salmon was pregnant with her first child. In Closing Bones, Salmon uses her 8 month-pregnant body and the eerily empty parks of London to examine historic and contemporary portrayals of pregnancy and birth, in relation to female sexuality and archetypes of the ‘wild woman’ and ‘monstrous self’.

 

"The fluid movements of an unborn being fade in and out of a hazy darkness- a sudden pause exposes the curvature of a spine, twisting and turning as it morphs back into tissue and cells.

 

Seated, reclined, stretching out, swaying are the figures of multiple women- their pregnant bodies caressing one another. Expressions of tenderness, love and longing begin to jolt between acts of power, fear and desire- limbs and heads disappear as their bodies mutate- slowly engulfing one another. "