My work delves into the curious, fascinatingly odd and morbidly beautiful. The idea of intriguing the viewer and pulling them in to my world with strange objects and morbid curios to manipulate the viewers emotions on the subject of mortality - life, death & resurrection. I wish to challenge the inevitability of our disappearance after death by preventing decay and rescuing ‘junk’. Giving a second life, an artistic resurrection, to deceased animals and second hand objects I hope that in return this second chance I give them will help me live on through these creations when I am gone.
My creations are about helping to overcome the fear of nothingness by accepting death as a thing of beauty and using preservation and upcycling to show myself that if I can stop decay and disappearance then I can have some sort of control over my own demise. My influences include Victorian memento mori’s and post-mortem photography to remember the dead, the Christian concept of Christ’s resurrection, and the mummification preservations of ancient Egypt. The idea of mortality means a lot to me and has always fascinated me due to my death during birth, and my fear of when it will take me next. There were complications during my birth which resulted in me being born deceased and after resuscitation left with Erbs Palsy, the partial paralysis and stunted growth of my right arm, so I have always had a fascination with the morbid and abnormal.
We die, we decay, we disappear.
I confront this by holding creatures at the 'death stage' and stopping them ever reaching decay. I use second hand objects in the same way, finding objects that have fulfilled their life’s purpose and have moved on to being ‘junk /trash’ and then giving them a second purpose, an artistic re-birth. This also links to being an artist, which is my way of living on and never disappearing after I die. During the process of my art I am resurrecting the deceased and disused in to their second cycle, as playful new relics that give a space an atmosphere not dissimilar to that of a sacrilegious altar.
[NO ANIMALS / INSECTS ARE EVER HARMED FOR THE PURPOSE OF MY ARTWORK]
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