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Nina Sellars
Images from Stelarc's Extra Ear surgery

In 2006 Sellars travelled to Los Angeles, with the assistance of an Australia Council grant, to photograph the surgical construction of Stelarc's Extra Ear project.  The surgery involved an ear being created on Stelarc's left forearm. The photographic outcome was the Oblique series, a set of tightly framed images of the surgery. Printed large and hung vertically, the images gain intimacy by taking a segment of a body to form an anthropomorphic whole. Joanna Zylinska states in the exhibition catalogue essay: "What Sellars therefore offers us with Oblique is a series of TV screens which are subversively hung as mirrors."

"The doubling of 'the cut' within this body of work — from that of the surgeon's scalpel, making incisions in the arm which functions as a focal point for the images, to that of the artist's camera, carving out a moment in space and time while also cutting out this particular operating scene for us in a certain way so that all we can see is an arm, a few pairs of hands and a shaft of light - creates theatrical tension between medical and artistic intervention."

Download the Oblique exhibition catalogue

Oblique was exhibited as a solo exhibition at the Guildford Lane Gallery, Melbourne, 2008.  Selected images from the Oblique series have also been exhibited in:

Human+: The Future of Our Species, Science Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin, 2011 

 Art and Science, GV Art, London, 2011

The Optics of Anatomy and Light, Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne, 2012

DeMonstrable, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, The University of Western Australia, WA, Australia, 2015

Human+: The Future of Our Species, Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona, CCCB, Barcelona, Spain, 2015-2016

Photographs taken in 2006, exhibition prints made in 2008, Pharos Editions, St Andrews, Australia

Digital ink jet images printed on Canson, Rag Photographique, 310gsm. Image size 163cm x 108cm

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This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.