2018, MA Fine Art, Brighton University
"I’m seeking some deep truth through art – maybe, to explore the boundaries between materiality and concept. Once I called this the ‘mind-body’ split, reflecting my own feelings of dissociation, split off from true meaning. At present I’m using art to explore and try to communicate my feelings about war. But art is not politics. Art is political, as it expresses worldviews that either accept the status quo, or call for change. But it’s not actually politics. Politics works at the abstract the level of words-concept-logic. Art works at a primal level of empathy and materiality. Politics persuades us war is necessary for intellectual ideas. Art appeals to our empathy, our humanity, and our materiality. Art is a kind of philosophy - a conscious study of “being”, rather than simply being itself – but freed from the logic of word-concepts. Instead of words, art expresses itself through visual and other senses, relying on materiality and empathic engagement with its audience. Words and text do exist in art, but as objects rather than the active subject. When words do become the medium of expression, art becomes criticism or theory or politics. In short, art exists in a conscious relationship between artist and audience, mediated by the artistic medium, and not by the logic of wordconcepts. This is the basis of Plato’s quarrel with poetry – it is not logical. This is also the power of art – it allows communication beyond words and logic. It can appeal to empathy. We respond differently to art, than we do to the logic of words. We respond to art through our shared materiality, our humanity.
Monument to the Victims of Aggression, Brutality, War and Terror
76 cm x 102 cm