Ilona Sagar: Haptic Skins of a Glass Eye

3–24 October 2015, Tenderpixel, London

By Valentina Bin

Ilona Sagar, Haptic Skins of a Glass Eye, 2015, film still. Courtesy the artist and Tenderpixel Gallery

Blood-tinged water sucked down the plughole, dissolving into a pearlescent eye framed by impeccable mascaraed eyelashes, but sightless. One of the most famous close-ups of an eye in cinema’s history, the shower scene from Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960) denotes death as a sudden rupture, a blank-staring, broken interface between the subjective body and the world. Taking this metaphor further, Ilona Sagar’s show Haptic Skins of a Glass Eye explores the awkward and sometimes perverse relationship between the contemporary body and its…

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