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Prue Stent & Honey Long | Artist Duo


Mineral Growth

Drawing from a shared subjectivity and long-standing friendship, we talked to the artist duo Prue Stent and Honey Long about their work and practice, which continually explores their complex relationship with femininity and the natural world, often depicting bodies, their own and others' bodies, as abstracted uncanny forms intrinsically connected to their environment through their distinctive photographic-performative style.


Who is Prue Stent and Honey Long? Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?


We are good friends with a shared art practice. Prue comes from a photography background and Honey, from sculpture. We have a lot of shared interests which we explore through our work and enjoy capturing scenes and viewpoints which speak to different realities.



You have an art practice built on a long-term collaboration and friendship with Honey Long. How did this dynamic develop and how do you think your collaboration has influenced your art?


Our collaboration developed very organically, starting from when we became friends as 14 year olds. Overtime our practice has become this shared space that exists between us and in many ways feels like a third entity. When we started making work together with our bodies as teenagers it became a refuge to express and explore things that weren't even necessarily cognisant to us at the time. Making our own meaning with our bodies felt liberating when, all of a sudden, so much meaning was being projected onto them. Having gone through all these different life stages together now, our work continues to evolve and reflect whatever is going on in our lives at the time. It feels very special to be able to participate in this shared conversation overtime and form a deep understanding of each other. 


Sea Slip & Moonglow


How would you describe your complex relationship to femininity and nature?


I think we are constantly working with this contradiction, of our bodies being a symbol completely seperate to ourselves and somewhat restrictive, whilst at the same time being an incredible source of power and means of connecting to a wider web of experience. I think a lot of our work springs from a yearning to feel more connected, be it to ourselves or our greater environment. We’re constantly looking for points of overlap, of a shared experience. This exploration takes us beyond just working with our own bodies- from frogs to flowers, bodies of water, sea anemones, fruit- there is a current of eros that runs throughout our work that celebrates the inherent vibrancy and vitality of matter.


 

"The female body is something we have been continually fascinated by and drawn to working with, both as an alien symbol/object of its own, and something that is intrinsically familiar."


 

Oral Disk & Breast Press

Blown Tissue


Can you tell us about the story of your first photography book 'Drinking From The Eye’?


‘Drinking From The Eye’ is a combination of work made over the last 7 years of working together. Making a photo book gave us the opportunity to place more signature works of ours within a wider context. We see the body as a microcosm and are constantly exploring environments to find moments, processes or formations that reflect a feeling or speak to the body in some way. We wanted the book to feel like a visual diary that maps out this process of trying to find points of connection where the outside world and our inner worlds overlap.


Which of the photographs you have taken so far excites you the most?


‘Banana Slug’ and ‘Dust Flood’ are both favourites. More recently we had the opportunity of photographing giant clams underwater which we are very excited about.


Banana Slug & Dust Food


 Who are the names you follow with curiosity in this field or in different disciplines?


Between us we have a lot of different types of artists we draw inspiration from. We have a big collection of Magazines and books collected from op shops and elsewhere. ‘Colour’ Magazine has always been a big inspiration. Recently we came across an old copy of 'Life' by Lennart Nilsson that has his amazing and surreal documentation of pregnancy, birth and embryos in it. Prue recently discovered the nature photographer Anand Varma and is obsessed. In terms of other artists: Louise Bourgeois, Ana Mendieta, Daido Moriyama, Caravaggio, Dorethea Tanning, Ernesto Neto, Pipilotti Rist, the list goes on…


Anthoplura

Lumen

Salt Pool

Suckle

Brim

Scallop

Nerites

Fis-Netz


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