Artist Statement

When I was young, society drove me to have an introverted personality so I was not interested in speaking much. I preferred drawing, painting and listening to music to express my emotions. Then I decided to learn art language in order to communicate my ideas.

I was inspired by artist Marcel Duchamp’s (1887-1968) theory of “good art and bad art” and his use of readymade objects as effective communication tools. My philosophy and art concepts are always driving me to iconographic source materials that already have context and well-known functionality as an object. This process is encouraged me to experimenting on videography, performance art and sculpture together.
My sculpture and video installation respond to the psychological impact of “action and reaction.” Sir Isaac Newton explained in his third law of motion that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. I like to think of this law in metaphorical terms beyond the literal mathematical implications. We exist in a constant state of action and reaction – every being is psychologically reacting to every action around us. Through continuously acting and reacting, we transfer our emotions to others. During this process, things begin to lose meaning and importance through repetition. As meaning is lost, a void is created. Thinking this way about the void, I started to believe that ‘I’ am basically reduced to nothing; “I” am simply the reflection of my surroundings. Others’ actions and reactions develop my knowledge, and understanding. As a result, they build me as a unique experienced being with a unique personality.

Since my childhood I have had a curiosity about metabolic functions, which has two parts, anabolism and catabolism. Anabolism includes growth and change, and catabolism is destruction. I understand that art is not just only a language. I have come to define art as every being’s metabolic process. My desire in art is to re-connect to the authenticity that exists in nature, and to remind us of our core instincts.

- Mahedi Anjuman