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2016 oil paint on wooden panels 60 x 50 cm
As humankind is adapting to connectivity through technology it is ‘screen media’ that is the most common resource for our information and communication, especially for the young to middle-aged population. It is widely accepted that human technological advancement has overtaken human socio-cultural design and function. Hence the misuse of technology is mostly due to the restrictive and hierarchal population manipulation operating within a tangled web of stagnant systems.
Wherever you look, through balanced scrutiny it is undeniable that a transition is happening - whether it be positive or negative, or likely a mixture of both before hopefully reaching intelligent and kind solutions. Thus screen media (news, entertainment, networking) is also intertwined with this transition: likely influenced by governing/political agenda, population manipulation and distraction, suggestive psychology, management of information release, nationalistic divide, monetary incentive dysfunctions against sources of science and ascertaining of facts.
Information also streams through to us in the form of art, celebrity fixation, and almost all facets of life. It is can be as useful as it can be complicating. Once again healthy interaction comes down to self and community psychological awareness and balanced holistic critical thought application in order to attempt to discern the information being presented. This evidently is not a common occurrence due to trappings of our current systems by the powerful few.
With this body of work I wanted to abstractly symbolise how we process our relationship to these tools today through my own experience and that of others who grew up through screen technologies recent acceleration (1980’s to 2000’s).
I visually interpreted this with surreal representation of light partially illuminating the individual and transforming in various symbolic ways. The distorted light fragments and blends within the setting to signify absorption of and reaction to the beam of information by the person. Metaphorically this abstraction could be perceived as a mix of confusion,responsiveness, influence, learning, obscurity, illusion, effect and instigation.
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