Vomit art won't be chucked away

Artist Sam Egli with 'Last Night's Supper'
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Artist Sam Egli with 'Last Night's Supper'

Young artist Sam Egli's latest piece contains a filled roll, a few fistfuls of hundreds and thousands, a raw egg and some warm salty water.

These were then mixed together in the New Plymouth artist's stomach before being daubed - well, thrown up, actually - over canvas.

The resulting piece, which the student has called "Last Night's Supper", is an example of vomit art, and is on sale for $40 at the Jetcharm​ gallery on Egmont Street in the city centre.

Artist Sam Egli with his vomit on canvas artwork called Last Nights Supper which is part of Jetcharm's latest exhibition ...
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Artist Sam Egli with his vomit on canvas artwork called Last Nights Supper which is part of Jetcharm's latest exhibition called Before Christ.

"I was with a good friend, Reihana, one night and she was very sick and was spewing up," the Year 13 New Plymouth Boys' High School pupil said.

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"We had been to a party at the gallery to choose the next month's exhibition theme, which was to be 'Before Christ' and we thought wouldn't it be fun to throw up onto a canvas and try and sell it as art."

So Egli downed the roll, the hundreds and thousands to give some colour, and the other ingredients before putting his finger down his throat to make himself sick.

"I'd painted the canvas white and wanted to vomit onto the wet paint so everything would bind together," he said.

"It was not the most pleasant thing I've done, and it smells a bit when you get up close."

Once the mixture was dry he sprayed it with a sealer to finish the composition, and slapped on a $40 for sale sign.

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"It's a bit of take on Andy Warhol and the idea of what is art?" he said.

"I guess it's comedic art in a way."

In spite of the title, Egli has no strong religious beliefs, and insisted he wasn't throwing up on religion.

"I like the messages religions have on following morals and norms but I'm not heavily into worshipping.'

Egli praised the gallery for being supportive of his and other artwork.

"It's nice to be able to feel free to show your creative perspective on life," he said

"I have had no negative comments about it.

"Some have been horrified at first but then the next question is 'does it smell?'."

Egli is aware his creation is not original - British artist Millie Brown beat him to it by vomiting on canvases several years ago, and even went so far as vomiting over Lady Gaga on stage during one of the singer'  s performances.

Egli was not concerned if his vomit art didn't sell.

"I have a room full of my artworks - it's like a graveyard of unsold work."

 

 - Taranaki Daily News

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