These are four examples of my projects; One Day, I Will Stop Crying, That's What They Would Do, I Want to Break Free and All By Myself.
ONE DAY, I WILL STOP CRYING (2018)
“One day, I Will Stop Crying” reflects the Buddhist concept of impermanence, just like our experiences of life mirror the changing of the sky. Some days clouds are blue, some days they are white, or purple or gold or even black, just like our lives. Everything is always changing. When we acknowledge this we will fully appreciate our experiences without them clinging to us. Some days we laugh and some days we cry. When we cry we know one day we will stop crying. The rain is our tears.
More than 1 million people have arrived in the European Union since 2015, most of them fleeing from war and terror in Syria and other countries and many risking their lives to do so. Most of them end up in refugee camps where they’re not allowed to work – they exist in an impermanent limbo waiting for what, they don’t know. They are pawns in an ever more unstable political game and their lives are prey to fluctuating forces beyond their control. Hopefully, one day, circumstances will allow them to return home and they will stop crying.
My intention was to create a piece that stirs the emotions on a visceral level, the background of the sky, the sounds of rain and the human voice all draw the audience in in a very basic way. Its simplicity, however, is disarming – to bring all the elements together meant digitally manipulating each frame to airbrush birds from the sky. When you consider there are 25 frames per second and it lasts 5 minutes that took a lot of work!
ONE DAY, I WILL STOP CRYING
Duration 4:49 mins
WHAT'S WOULD YOU DO? (2015)
Winner of the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2016 (Student), WHAT WOULD YOU DO? reveals people’s reactions when confronted with the prospect of imminent death.
Death is a subject that most people do not like to hear about, talk about, or even think about. Why is this? Even, it looms over us every day of our lives. We know it's there. It is something that still comes and we can't stop it head into our lives. But when it comes to the everydayness of death, most of us would rather run a mile than confront the topic.
We will all die at some stage. Death is as much a fact of life as breathing air is to survive. So why are we so at pains to ignore it?
As a Buddhist I am aware and remember of death are extremely important in Buddhism as death marks the transition from the current life to the next life. It holds immense religious significance because after death, the karmic forces become activated in order to determine the next birth. Remembering death will induce a sense of the great need to prepare ourselves for death. There are various methods (e.g. prayer, meditation, working on our mind) that will enable us to overcome fear, attachment and other emotions that could arise at the time of death and cause our mind to be disturbed, unpeaceful, and even negative. Preparing for death will enable us to die peacefully, with a clear, positive state of mind.
THAT'S WHAT THEY WOULD DO
Duration 5:10 mins
I WANT TO BREAK FREE (2018)
I Want To Break Free is a project that explores the effects of feeling trapped in the mind and spirit as when we’re caught up in the inescapable, dark ocean of our internal ruminations.
I Want to Break Free is an interactive installation where the audience can create their own responses on paper to be displayed on a corresponding “reaction wall” next to the sculpture. The installation consists of two parts; a large sculpture and the wall. A standalone sculpture (approximately 180cm x 190cm x 120cm) consisting of two cubes (of different sizes) made out of wire with several intertwined LED strips of two different colours passing through like abstracted waves, mimicking the up and down feelings going on in our brains. The two cubes are suspended at unstable angles mimicking our minds and creating an impression of tension. The larger of the cage-like cubes directs the flow of the waves but only as far as the next (smaller) cage as our thoughts and feelings try to escape our mind but always find another barrier that keeps them trapped inside. The audience interact with the piece by responding on small paper notepads which they can stick on the wall next to it.
ALL BY MYSELF (2018)
‘All By Myself’ explores the effects of loneliness on the mind and spirit as when we’re caught up in the inescapable, dark ocean of our internal ruminations. This project seeks to raise awareness of the UK’s growing loneliness epidemic as more people than ever are suffering from its consequences. Loneliness is likely to affect all of us at some point in our lives. It can hit anyone at any time and it is not only distressing, but is implicated in health problems such as an increased risk of heart disease. This led me to carry out research and create this project exploring the problem through Buddhism. As a Buddhist, I believe these have been caused by the mind’s tendency to cling to the past or to fret about the future. We have to identify this stage our mind goes through and to realise we have to let it go and concentrate on the present.
DARK DEEP I
Mixed media on canvas
152 x 112 x 20 cm
DARK DEEP II
Mixed media on canvas
152 x 112 x 20 cm