Jock Mooney – Vane, Newcastle upon Tyne
Born 1982 in Edinburgh, U.K.
Jock Mooney constructs a carnivalesque horror show informed by both high and low culture that raises a distorted mirror to the modern world, one populated by grotesque, morphed effigies of historical, mythical and religious figures and weird animals.
His pen and ink drawings are visions of apocalypse. Distorted skulls, figures and landscapes are composed of tiny fingers and hands – stretched out in apparent supplication.
Mooney’s collaged wreaths consist of hand drawn and coloured images, cut from card. Dismembered body parts and the debris of everyday life, swirl in a vortex, acting as both momento mori and doorways into some terrible void.
His objects are exquisitely sculpted from plastic modelling clay and hand painted in high gloss. With their exaggerated features, they wave a satirical finger at the traditional sculptural portraits and icons of high art, as well as the ornaments lovingly arrayed in glass-fronted cabinets in domestic parlours.