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Mat Collishaw

Collishaw’s ‘Insecticide Wallpaper’, featured at Hixter is based on Collishaw’s Insecticide photogravure etchings. This wallpaper explores, cruelly yet beautifully, the visual effects achieved when moths and insects are squashed between 35mm glass slide.

When his new born son arrived home from hospital Collishaw became preoccupied with cleaning the flat and killing the bugs that had intruded. He then placed them onto 35mm glass slides and scanned them into digital images.

Like much of his work, the print deals with disturbing subject-matter, namely the death of the insect, which is then presented in unexpected formats that both displace and reinforce the impact of the image.