Feral Exhibition
James Michael Haydon

James Michael Haydon is an artist whose work is predominantly based within the processes of photography and is concerned with a medium that’s boundaries are in a consistent state of re-definition and change.

James uses a range of analogue photographic techniques, from 8mm film to cyanotype prints and from large-format to macro-scope photography, applying various tactics such as enlargement and multiple reproduction in the creation of his work. As such James’ art is predominantly process based and seeks to produce mute and objective pieces, which reference their own making - artefacts of a mechanical process completed.

Influenced by both photography and painting, James’ work is built upon photography’s crisis of representation and approaches the photographic reproduction as a reductive process that is just part of a larger series of image-making techniques.

The Surrealist’s idea of the image as reality convulsed into a form of written representation and Baudrillard’s simulacrum and the successive phases of the image have informed the core conceptualisation of James’ work, which expresses the uncanny trace in a reproduced representation. A flattened and hollow signifier of an absent, displaced, referent.