Within my practice, I attempt to harness fragile connections between objects and processes to highlight a sense of Loss within all Humans; whether this be a Loss of Faith or a Loss of Life. Through my utilisation of ‘Dead’ objects, I harness this conceptual metaphor; the re-incarnation of these seemingly ‘dead’ objects is an attempt to find a means of re-incarnating the dead Cultural Identity of My home, The South Wales Valleys.I am attempting to discover a new cultural purpose through this body of work, despite the decay of the Coal industry, and subsequently the identity of those most affected by it. Utilising remnants of living organisms, and this industry; I am transmuting them into an esoteric visual language.

Raised Catholic, I hold a fascination with the concept of ‘Spiritual Transcendence’ between states of existence. Drawing from the visual mythologies of Religious Sects, and a wide range of Literary influences (focused on tragedy, desire, and human fallibility), my work attempts to utilise the notion of Eternal Recurrence (the cycle of Life, Death & Rebirth)  and apply it to the aforementioned ‘Dead’ cultural identity of my birthplace. I do this in order to ‘give life’ to dead objects, and hopefully create a ‘spark’ that sets in motion a rebirth of Welsh, Male Identity.

 

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