My work includes drawings, video, performance and sculpture which all relate to the practice of self-improvement. The method is fuelled by a series of self-loathing over my worth brought on by anxiety.
Through this method I seek to understand human behaviours as well as social cues and miscues in order to stay ‘safe’ from unjustifiable judgment. The sardonic approach creates aspirations of self-worth through positive reinforcement via unhealthy means. The vicious cycle of doubt carries on by my own hand, which enforces a self-representation in my work.
My recent works are fed by a variety of influences from pop culture, absurdist and comedic backgrounds. The process is brought forward by creating humour out of the everyday. Most of the time it is to myself but some cases become regurgitated into further context. Humour allows a greater entry to my work as to ease in the viewer. Laughter is possibly the most human element of our society from a smirk to guttural cackles. In an attempt to be ‘more’, I reach down to this common denominator to trigger positive reinforcement.
Representation of the self carries through my video and performance pieces to carry the theme of self-improvement. Bouts of depression have allowed me to doubt myself and what I even do, thus my practice aims to stave off those thoughts my mocking those unjust feelings. Floating through the currents of melancholy has had a profound impact on my work yet it has allowed me to explore new avenues rather than repeat myself through similarity.
If we are to constantly develop and progress as individuals and a society, new ideas and options must be highlighted in order to keep things fresh. Therefore, the process of an artists’ status and thoughts all come with its own expiry date. Self-improvement is important but it must be a continuous process unless you wish to regress in the past.