So this is my first attempt at a proper blog post. I am not used to sharing my thoughts with others through writing (and even less through speech!), so please excuse me. Actually it feels weird, it’s like opening the door to my workshop and letting strangers in - something I, as an introvert, usually avoid. The workshop is my form of escapism from reality - a place where I can be myself, free from social constrictions. Ironically, this is what the current sculpture I am working on deals with.
Have you ever felt the urge to escape when having to face certain situations in life? Procrastination might come to mind; putting things on hold, hoping they’ll disappear. But this kind of rejection could extend to more serious situations. Escapism is a subconscious rejection of reality, offering a detachment from the real world, a way of escaping or masking problems; a getaway to a parallel reality which everyone visits from time to time.
Through advances in technology, it has become easier to escape reality and similarly to other substances that offer this possibility, such as drugs and alcohol, it is addictive. However, as opposed to such substances, technology is an accepted norm that is easily accessible. A virtual fantasy is conjured through social media realms; a result of the ego’s urge to meet ideals imposed on by society. A deception that is nourished from birth and a never ending quest to fulfilment which is ultimately unattainable.
I don’t want to expose much of what I’m doing; I am always interested in letting people view the work holistically in person the first time without having prior expectations. So here is just a little glimpse of this work.