My final major project is about media portrayals of violence and conflict and how they affect and reflect society. A major conceptual inspiration was Jean Baudrillard’s ‘Simulacra and Simulation’ which discusses the strange hyperreality of a media-saturated world. My work explores the blurred division between simulated and real violence, focusing on three major themes: the aestheticization and gamification of war, desensitisation to destruction, and televised brutality. Some pieces interweave violent reality with its simulated counterparts, while others focus on how we have become strangely accustomed to media imagery of destruction and conflict. Inspired by creatives like Peter Sutherland and Jonathan Castro, I have taken my work out of a flat 2D plane into three dimensions, constructing an immersive audio-visual experience involving sculptural collages, experimental video and projection, and printed work on unconventional materials.
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