The juxtaposition of toys
and science (more
specifically: dolls and medicine) make
up the visual basis and departure point for my ideas. Driven
by the personal need for expression I have chosen to present
a statement which provokes the viewers to question and deal
with something inside themselves.
By using the adult and the childís combined
perspective, I comment on issues concerning technology and medicine
in a consumer-based/product oriented society. As Damien Hirst
said, "art is like medicine, it can heal." Most simply
stated, my work is about healing, growing, examining, and questioning.
The symbols are to be open to many interpretations, such as:
(1) the effects of late capitalism on
the individual. (2) the effects of modern
technology on the body. (3) a questioning
of faith in science and institutionalized religions... and (4)
coming to terms with mortality.
With the effects of modern invention on the
body and using a childís daydream/nightmare world to represent,
what I refer to as, ďicons of the subconscious,Ē Iíve
attempted to demonstrate possible conclusions to the mysteries
of such effects. In my art I contrast the academic with kitsch,
real with surreal, science with poetry, fact with fiction and
horror with humor. The combination of opposing ideas
and aesthetics, bring about mixed emotions in the observer.
This is to reflect the struggles of living in an increasingly
more complex and fluctuating world. Iím attempting to thrust
my audience out of their everyday thinking by causing a disruption
in their thought patterns. This forces the observers to reevaluate
their own inherent philosophical positions, in order to become
more open, and (or hopefully) to eventually arrive at better
founded more comprehensive explanations. The simple combination
of toys and science is meant to be both, paradoxical
and ironic: a visual and psychological tension to be resolved
by the viewer.