We live in a world that consumes images at an exponentially increasing rate. Smartphones, social media and the internet have made the creation and the consumption of images not just commonplace, but unavoidable, and with this ever growing consumption comes a numbness to the complex reality of the images we gorge ourselves upon.
Le Corbusier said that “the only way to truly understand something is to draw it”. This is the center of my work—an attempt to sincerely grasp what I see through the tip of a pencil and a piece of charcoal. My creative process is inherently about labor, and against the modern backdrop of instant, image-driven gratification, I have found the physical process involved in the painstaking, craft-driven rendering of a subject or a moment to be ever more important. The focus of this work centers on questions of truth, historical amnesia, and the veracity of the stories we tell ourselves about our collective pasts. The drawings are re-contextualizations of archival historical material, and walk the line between describing a shared, forgotten history and prophesying a terrifying, Orwellian future. I am fascinated with the way our societal amnesia is such that we have entirely lost touch with events that should have been indelibly burned into our collective, cultural psyche. While the works come directly from actual recorded moments, they create a dizzying sense of dreamlike dislocation — are the images real? A dream? It is this tension between imagination and reality; actual past and possible future that I wish to explore.
Image courtesy of Shaun Roberts