One of our most human traits is that of voyeurism: our intrigue, curiosity and obsession with ourselves. In a strange reflection of our world, I encourage you to peer in, observe, introspect, and be engulfed by this nature. As a barrier confronts you and offers a restricted glimpse into this space, the observer places themselves in a strangely isolated moment of longing.
This dialogue of distance has been the motif of my project, inspired by the idea of puppet shows and the inherent ambiguity in fairy tales. As I journeyed from the puppeteer Basil Twist into an obsession for the uncanny, I realised how fairy tales resonate with their prevailing distance. I observed this elusive nature in Edward Hopper and Kay Nielsen, then realised the potential of space to enthral spectators in installations – Marcel Duchamp’s Étant Donnés resurged for me as a direct influence of the two worlds. I refined a technique to manipulate tissue paper into something translucent and rusted, then used it to imply an ethereality and nostalgia in the final piece. I complimented the pale features with a void of darkness, allowing natural light and fairy lights to illuminate the space as one of a dream.
To me, its greatest strengths lie in the ambiguity and inherent distance of imagery; having translated a collage to repeated illustrations and sculptures, the apparent realities of the imagery grew more and more uncertain – the distinction between house and forest faded entirely. In the choice of technique, I could suggest forms only from wire outlines and simulate a sense of age with rust. A concealed figure epitomises this, representing an elusive character lost in their own world and visually implying a reflection. A prevailing notion of loneliness is present in my artwork; it is an intimate experience of peering into a self-referential barrier with a sense of longing; all you can do is project your own life to the space.
I am an aspiring fine artist and drawn to using 3D. My art increasingly revolves around the tangible translation of surreal imagery, which I intend to embark with further. You can find more of my work and process on this Instagram page:
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