My computational expressionism project produces digital art that is a Baudrillard-esque simulacra of a painting, rendered as a one off unique piece and framed in ersatz wood frame complete with fake woodworm holes.
These are “anti selfies” or “haunted selfies.“
This work is harrowing and traumatic and rips apart selfie culture while providing a respite from severe trauma.
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My antiselfies deal directly with my PTSD, Isolation and death. I suffered horrendously in 2018, being critically ill and worse, four heart ops that failed and a near fatal infection, as well as losing friends and family who seemed to decline to even speak to me or visit me. When I needed human contact, I got very little.
Isolation and trauma are potentially killers in their own rights so instead of getting depressed, I channelled the trauma and shock into my work. Sitting in hospital, I realised I had to deal with the oncoming it of potential real depression. Sitting there alone, knowing the trauma would trigger severe mental problems, using the materials I had at hand, a SurfacePro, a phone and a pencil (no messy media in hospital), I started to create anti-selfies.
These anti-selfies show only the worst of my internal emotional state, as opposed to normal selfies that people curate to show how cool they are. Sometimes these were created or started in the cold desperate hours of night and sometimes at the moments when my situation hit me full on. Sitting there getting no contact and seeing other people’s fabulous lives ( as presented by them) I began to realise just how corrosive an damaging selfie culture is.
The works are produced from pencil sketches or selfie photos, I run them then through some code to move the pixels about, then I paint into them on the PC and then I filter them as selfies are. Once that is done, I produce a unique print onto canvas and frame it in a distressed frame, creating perfect simulacra.
You can read all about it in this PDF below
A viewer at the gallery pulled me aside and said, “That painting there, that white one, is how I felt when my son died.”
All work is for sale in my shop or by contacting me. These works are canvases, usually 30 x 40 cm in size.
Prints are A2 and are mailed direct you for £30. Fil in the form on my shop page.