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Painting: Oil on Canvas.
Today I can revisit my period of struggles and anxiety and draw from those experiences in creating my artwork. I see this series of work as a study or an exploration into mental health, where I initially chose my subjects based on observations or interviews touching upon difficulties or struggles but later grew into a consideration of a much broader spectrum of emotional states.
I find it interesting how prominent events or periods in people’s lives; be it dark, light or in between; shape their perspective and help mould the way they view their surroundings, even the way they come to present themselves to the world. It is this facet of the human experience that I want to explore in this series by displaying my subjects consumed by specific emotional states, often linking directly to such periods in their lives. I begin by rendering my subjects in a more detailed way, after which I distort or destroy parts of the portrait and introduce abstract elements to further enhance the emotional impact of the work. Although the balance between the details and the abstract can vary greatly depending on what I feel is right in the moment and the painting in question, the series is ultimately linked by the same exploratory ambition.
This artwork is carefully delivered in a crate, mounted on stretcher bars and ready to hang.
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