Izzy Cammareri and Lynsey Morgann Laurence met whilst studying Illustration under Bill Wright at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. Between them they have resided in London, Hong-Kong and Australia. A global alliance; when unable to work together they share and plan ideas online. Exhibiting… Read More
Izzy Cammareri and Lynsey Morgann Laurence met whilst studying Illustration under Bill Wright at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. Between them they have resided in London, Hong-Kong and Australia. A global alliance; when unable to work together they share and plan ideas online. Exhibiting throughout London, in recent years they have forged the art and illustration company; Sugarskills.
Sugar SKULLS form part of a tradition associated with the Mexican festival Dia de los Muertos. Sugar skulls are prepared and decorated by the indigenous people of Mexico, to represent and honour the spirits of their departed loved ones; often with the name of the deceased written across the forehead.
Inspired by this tradition; Isabella Cammareri and Lynsey Morgann Laurence devise sugar skull designs that have the dreams, desires and demons of a departed soul painted and collaged across the forehead. Based on no one person, each skull asks the onlooker to play the part of both dream interpreter and forensic anthropologist. Once engaged with the subject you are challenged to solve some part of it’s identity; to decipher the complex and detailed story of it’s perpetual life. Both mysterious and evocative, disturbing and comical, each skull holds a labyrinth of symbols and imagery that beckons the audience into a wonderland of cavernous questions and profound discoveries.
Upon creation of his diamond skull: For the Love of God; Damien Hirst commented “I thought; what’s the maximum you can pit against death?” He decided that the most expensive metals and stones in world could strike a reasonable bargain with the inevitable. If there were an equivalent message behind Izzy and Lynsey’s skull-art, then it would be “That the maximum you can pit against death is life itself…'life' and it’s story; is the absolute opposing force.”
Together the girls of “Sugarskills” take the totem metaphor of death and dance with it. Their work is a series of appositions; chaotic but ordered; moribund but hopeful; as wise as it is immature. Each canvas is celebratory, mischievous, calculating; sentimentally childish and unapologetically spirited.
Impishly waltzing through layers of creativity like a pair of rogue opportunists; Izzy and Lynsey pick up the bare bones of life and puckishly paint them into a myriad of Mexicana colours. With every stroke they dare the on-looker to come and play with them.