About {Artist’s Statement} recent update

*** Update – Autumn 2014

I’ve begun my MA in Art and Philosophy at Cardiff School of Art & Design, Cardiff Met University.

My research thesis is looking into the many ways art assists social justice movements and assists activism. Amongst other things my thesis will be looking at ;

  • the way art/creative acts create agency and can be mobilized people and communicate messages.
  • aesthetics of Resistance (an entire thesis on it’s own!)
  • aesthetics of Institution
  • ontologies of political art
  • art and activism
  • artists’ adaptations to structures and discourses of power and control
  • methods of artistic activism employed to counter Corporatism
  • postanarchism and left-wing democratic movements as a form of resistance against the logic of the capitalist global market system.
  • and so on

 


 

Artist’s Statement

My Final year of BA(Hons) Art Practice was at the University of South Wales, Treforest, 2013-14.
I am an artist who works in a variety of media.

My artworks predominantly reference:

  • environmentalism,
  • the natural world,
  • politics of the everyday,
  • philosophy,
  • post-colonial theory
  • the avant-garde or the post-modern
  • Anarchism and the left-wing democratic movement as a form of resistance against the logic of the capitalist global market system.

I intend to wrong foot the viewer by using images and text which are familiar, but in subversive and unfamiliar ways. I  investigate the ‘Manichean’ notion, which divides the world into two poles; i.e. heaven or hell; of, or relating to, a dualistic world viewpoint. Dividing things into good or evil, light or dark, black or white involving no in between.

Visual Language

The visual language of my work urges the viewer to renegotiate art as being part of a reactive or – at times – autistic medium, commenting on oppressing themes in contemporary society.
By autistic, I mean the tendency to view the subject matter or theme through tunnel vision, focusing on singular needs and desires.

By rejecting an objective truth and global cultural narratives, I create with daily, recognizable elements, an unprecedented situation in which the viewer is confronted with the conditioning of his own perception and has to reconsider their biased position.

Aims

My aims are to produce artworks that convey my worldview based on extensive research of contemporary and historical themes.
I aim to achieve a body of work, which explores the potential of photography, drawing, mixed media and installation works as a means to interrogate and represent my subject.
My interests in researching my subject matter has meant that I have been active in political debate and able to utilise new media in order to enhance communication of valid political information.

Narrative

The narrative I wish to achieve comes from a desire to juxtapose elements of artworks, which can comment on how society and community has decayed.

I aim to invert the image of society where commodities (technology) have replaced social and community relationships.

My contextual studies research dealt with the notion that the culture of advanced capitalism has resulted in society suffering from a collective mental illness, cognitive dissonance, or schizophrenia. I intend to use my research to influence my work using this theme of dissonance or dis-ease.

Symbolism (semiotics) will play a key part in my praxis, combining imagery and symbols to convey a message.

As will the use of “polysemic imagery” i.e. having many possible meanings and obfuscation i.e. hiding the intended meaning in communication, being confusing, wilfully ambiguous.