The art of Catherine Sullivan and the Philosophy of Gilles Deleuze – Art Beyond Representation

Olivia Stevens
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“Reason is always a region carved out of the irrational—not sheltered from the irrational at all, but traversed by it and only defined by a particular kind of relationship among irrational factors. Underneath all reason lies delirium, and
drift.” (Delueze, 2002, p.82)

Just as the surgeon is seduced by the apparent simplicity of the surface of the human body as a container of such immense complexity, and yet it is precisely this fact that propels him to peel back this conceit to uncover what lies beneath. This is how it was when I approached a critique of The Chittenden’s by American artist Catherine Sullivan – an excavation of its bones if you will, as well as an
examination of the intentions of the artists working methods and intentions.

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