The human condition is defined as: ‘the characteristics, key events, and situations which compose the essentials of human existence’. Within my practice I aim to explore the human condition through the depiction of both the inner emotional ego and the outer physical experiences of life.
As explained by psychoanalyst Didier Anzieu:
“…The skin is a screen and a filter, it is also the medium of passage and exchange, with the attendant possibility of violent reversal or rupture”. (Anzieu, 1989)
My work aims to present paint as flesh; through it’s materiality, I enrich the viscosity of paint and explore skin tonality through fleshy tones so to heighten the physical experience of skin. By stripping back the idea of skin as a surface, the paintings now become an exploration into the physical tactility of flesh, and how it is an envelope that contains all that we are.
The tangibility of the work speaks to the viewer; they should feel as if they could reach into the depiction and grab the flesh within it, as well as actively wanting to do so.