Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Artist Statement

The Exhibition is up, took just over two hours - Thank You to Laurie for [a] giving me the exhibition and [b] all the help hanging the work! and I was very impressed that Hayley recognized my usage of Brian Molko instantly. Its up until the end of the month in Nineteen in Llandudno, they do real nice food/juice/coffee in case you don't like the work.

Here's the Statement from my Exhibition hopefully it helps explain the work a bit better, was re-reading Alan Moore's 'Watchmen' at the time so thinking a lot about Superheroes and Right and Wrong [especially drawn to the character of Rorschach] and I was listening a lot to Placebo - so Brian Molko was used quite a bit as was his lyrics [as titles]....

“If you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you”

Friedrich Nietzsche

"The work displayed is a collection of work produced during my degree and newer pieces created specifically for this exhibition. The work was brought together as a response to the above quote.

The older pieces deal with the fears I developed as a child, centring on the nightmares I suffered and the causes of them. The common denominator in these pieces was a fear of death and an eagerness to understand “The End”. After completing these pieces I came across the Nietzsche quote and began to realize that the research and completion of this project ran parallel to a period of uncertainty within my life, whilst working on the project I found myself embracing the fears I had harboured from childhood and slowly began to slip back into old habits that I’d long since broken - defence mechanisms for coping with the fear.

For me Nietzsche’s prophecy became truth. I found myself consumed by fear once more.

After a period of time I managed to gain some perspective and reading the quote once more gave me the initial idea of focusing upon ‘the gaze’, which evolved into the series of eye paintings. I looked for expressions of sadness and fear, and for people who I believed to be dealing with their own personal fears and set about isolating their fear, trapping it within an everlasting gaze. The woods natural grain was used to mimic the faces lines and blemishes and to contrast with the stillness of the expression. As I painted I slowly began to see a change in the expressions, they started to appear almost hopeful and they transformed into expressions of hope rather than fear, and of defiance in the face of the abyss…"

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