My art practice is based upon the psychological study and exploration of individuals’ cultural identities. My work explores and analyses their formation and evolution. Influenced by anthropology; more specifically, how society develops alongside cultural norms and individual interests. There is a philosophical side to the indulgence and repression of ourselves and our desires.
I am interested in how our individual lives are affected by such behaviours. Simply stated, how we choose to live our lives, and whether the choices are our own or rather influenced by major historical events.
Multimedia works illustrates my analysis of these shifting perceptions. From the material world to the virtual stage, I aim to redefine the boundaries between the three dimensional work and the two dimensional image, the video and the still. My art explores the very structure of the narrative, how objects can personify while humanity objectifies, and in doing so focuses on people’s insecurities and society’s dishonesty, surrounding the viewer and forcing them to question their own moral standards. I am asking them to awaken, to become self aware, and to see themselves and their place amongst a seemingly infinite crowd.
A gaze falls out from our eyes, the erotogenic rims of our bodies, creating another hole to be filled. We desire to have our holes filled up and we desire to fill up the holes of others.
Being looked at is sexual and a source of arousal.
“In French, the root of the word for ‘gaze’ (regard), fevers not to the act of seeing but to watchfulness, concern, and expectation.” quote from Hanneke Grootenboer.
I asked my models to show most hostile face to me and I selected the most indifferent, hostile eye’s image from hundreds. The instruction I gave to my models was my personal understanding of the male gaze. Afterwards I developed this idea into a concertino book, with a Greek sculpture on every left page facing towards the right page.