The effects of mental illness can be far-reaching and difficult to articulate. Our mental well-being quite often depends upon how successful we are at rationalizing distorted, anamorphic thinking, and much like a healthy art practice, the mind is in a constant state of flux and reconfiguration. We respond and react 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).
The philosophical and theoretical under-pinning of this work is rooted in 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.