Work: The Way To A Man’s Heart Is Through His Stomach, 2016, Wax, String, Builders silicone, Rubco yarn.
The body is an intricate piece of machinery. Every muscle, every nerve, every orifice has a job. If an intruder prevents our bodies from doing those designated jobs, things go wrong, creating all sorts of pains and discomforts. I wanted to convey the clouded intimacy between worms and the human body. Thread worms can lay an average of 11,000 eggs a day. Quite an intimidating form of internal intrusion. When parasites trespass, they become a part of us. They feed off us, they make us hungry, they make us feel uncomfortable. They control us. When parasitic worms glide through the large intestine they squeeze through every fold, wrapping themselves around. Using us as a vessel. Making themselves at home.
Zoe Simons-Walker is an artist that primarily explores manipulation of materials. She’s currently studying Fine Art at University of Westminster. She is interested in bio-art and human psychology. Current projects have consisted of using a microscope to capture microscopic photographs of various materials and fibres to convey parasitic specimens. These photographs explore the invasion of the body and the intimate relationship parasitic matter develop when inside the body. This intrusive, controlling behaviour is instinctive. They feed and procreate and use us as a vessel.