Bodyworks

Bodyworks

Paul Wenham-Clarke Fri 18 October to Weds 23 October Open 10.00am to 5.00pm (Closed Sunday 20 Oct) wenhamclarke.com

Bodyworks depicts a prosthetic limb manufacturer that produces both traditional and modern limbs. For incredibly in this advanced technological age there is still a need for limbs that are made to designs dating back to the 1940s. These are for people who were issued such limbs many years ago and do not wish to change. Craftsmen manufacture these traditional limbs from wood, metal and leather, exactly as they were made to supply the seriously injured survivors of the Second World War. These workers are the last of their kind as no new workers are being trained.

Bodyworks highlights these craft skills and focuses on the many significant objects used within the process. Some of the images illustrate society’s obsession with the concept of ‘Body Beautiful’ whilst others highlight morbidity and the human fascination with the artificial.