The effects of mental illness can be far-reaching and difficult to articulate. Much like a healthy art practice, the mind is in a constant state of flux and reconfiguration; responding and reacting to the physical environment, as well as to the cultural, social and political terrain in which we find ourselves (the world, the flesh and the devil if that’s your belief). As such, our mental well-being often depends upon how successful we are at rationalizing distorted, anamorphic thinking.Asa former sufferer of various diagnosed and un-diagnosed mental health disorders, I endeavor to address the issue of mental illness in my practice with an experimental and multi-disciplinary approach comprising (but never limited to) drawing, photography and printmaking. Current work references the contested territory, a comparison is drawn between nation state and state of mind.
A critique of ideology forms the philosophical and theoretical under-pinning of my work. It stems from an interest in ideas that challenge the collective sub-conscious and reveal the illusions of reality and freedom that shape our lives. Karl Marx, for example, understood that beneath a civilized veneer lies a society deeply distorted by the corrosive effects of capitalism. An ideology intent on packaging heterogeneity into a homogenized, cosmopolitan brand creates the conditions for the condition, and an alienated and polarized population caught up in an incessant march towards globalization. What Hannah Arendt referred to as ‘the human condition’ (1958), Marx might call ‘the human conditioned’.