My third year, second semester at DJCAD has been focused on the fundamental link between the mental and the physical, specifically the effect that anxiety can have on the body; the physical effect of a mental illness. I have particularly focused on the physical stress that anxiety puts on the body and the current stigma which surrounds mental illness. Through my work, I hope to draw attention to the physical stress anxiety can cause and create a sense of this uncomfortable physical tension.
Inspired by the grid formation self-portraits of John Coplans, as well as Gary Hill's installation, 'Inasmuch As It Is Always Already Taking Place', I created a large scale piece of sixty three black and white 35mm photographs, as well as three small books of the most successful prints. I photographed people, concentrating on backs, necks and hands - areas of particular strain.
I also took inspiration from the beautiful use of light in experimental films such as the shot of Kiki of Montparnasse in Man Ray's, 'Le Retour a la Raison', as well as Guy Sherwin's 'Eye'. I work with natural light, incorporating the simple beauty of details of light and shadow into my images, adding another level of interest to the work.