BLOODWORK

BLOODWORK

Buckman’s latest body of work, BLOODWORK, focuses on portraits of survivors, whether those of domestic abuse, illness, or other hardships, and their radical embracement of joy in the face of such adversity. Primarily drawn from people from Buckman’s own close circle, the subjects depicted are seen to be thriving in the wake of a prior, or persisting, pain. In the work lately I see your ribbons & your bows,a cancer survivor is seen in a moment of ecstatic exaltation; with scars visible from surgeries, her arms are thrown up behind her head and her expression exudes positivity. Inspired by rave culture and the freedom and transformative qualities of music, BLOODWORK renders many of its figures in a state of dynamism, dancing across the fabric.