SUFFOCATION

The greyscale video projection on a dressing room mirror reveals difficulty in the simple act of breathing – a kind of suffocation created by our current ideological surroundings. To imagine breathing freely, taking a deep, clear breathe is merely a daydream. I use every-day domestic objects and materials in this work. Typically, the reflection of a dressing mirror confronts one with a scale to measure self-desire and confidence according to socio-political ideologies. We see ourselves through the filters of this social construct and are surrounded and trapped by its constraints. Breathing, seeing, moving, living becomes more complicated and difficult. My artworks come from personal experience and strive to express the way I think. In my current work I am responding 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. I believe that we exist in a constant state of action and reaction – every being is psychologically reacting to every action around us. Through the process of continual action and reaction, things begin to loose meaning and importance through repetition. As meaning is lost, a void is created. My work responds to that void. As a result of thinking this way about the void that is created, I started to believe that ‘I’ am basically reduced to nothing; “I” am simply the reflection of my surroundings. Others’ actions and reactions build my unique self.

Performance, Video Art and sculpture Installation
00:02:30 minutes (loop)
13 November, 2017