Swansea-based arts group Commensalis are opening a new exhibition titled The Body at this year’s Fringe Arts Bath. As individuals they’ve exhibited all over the world and as Commensalis they’re dedicated to taking their art to prestigious locations across Britain.
This year’s Commensalis line up consists of four Swansea based artists: collagist Melanie Ezra, photographer Owen Martin, printmaker/scribbler Rose Davies and sculptor Jonathan Green. They’re joined by New York based Colombian artist Esperanza Tielbaard at the historic Octagon Chapel in Milsom Place, Bath.
Each artist is bringing a unique and different interpretation of the human body, drawn from many sources; history, politics, sociology, biology, mathematics, and technology. The aim is to create a show which examines the idea of human existence down to its very fundamentals.
Commensalis’ unusual name derives from Medieval Latin and refers to a commensal relationship, where one organism uses another in a positive parasitic relationship. As such they use each other equally in support and symbiosis through a communal, collective, creative approach. This approach extends to the way they fund their shows and they regularly use crowdsourcing sites to raise money in exchange for art.
Commensalis: The Body opens on Friday May 23rd at The Octagon, Milsom Place, Bath and runs until June 8th. For more information visit
This is Commensalis’ third exhibition. For more information on past shows and founder members visit www.commensalis.com