Residual is Anpu Varkey’s solo show on portraits. The portraiture format in her work is used like a portal into a hyper-real realm of being. Contrasing hues of reds, greens and yellow mould the face and torso, displacing the ‘model’ from any recognisable place or culture. These hues are fantastical, coded within a literary text or short story; Lovecraft’s putrid green, Ballard’s vermillion skies or the morbidity in Poe’s writing. Within each face languishes the remembrance of another face, posthumously read in fiction or built up by the artist’s imagination. The coloured skin tones move away from realistic representations. A rapid addition and subtraction of colour through various sittings creates the form; the residue. Small strokes form gashes in the face that bares no recognisable face.

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