GODS, DEVILS & SOFTWARE ENGINEERS
(In collaboration with Deptford does Art)
We are living through a meaning crisis. As we continue to abandon religious modes of being and traditional moral systems, post-modern relativism has made us question truth claims and shattered our notion of grand narratives. What are we left with? Contemporary viewpoints have existential angst built in to them as part of their very nature; objectivity holds open the door to nihilism.
Uncovered Collective is asking artists to respond to these themes, how do you deal with or embrace issues of meaning? (or lack thereof). Shall we thrive and take life by the horns knowing that it doesn’t matter in the grand scheme or dwindle into the depths of despair. Knowing that fundamentally nothing is important? Are we capable of re-installing and maintaining a level of communal consciousness?
Spirits of Mortal Fears
The painting represents the state of existential angst. Our breaths, the other beings, the moments, the thoughts, the colours and the voids, intertwine and repel each other into a state of uncertainty, as life is, filled with elements of emptiness and meanings.
Tinder has led to the commodification of intimacy. An endless pool of people to consume for a one-night stand. The idea of love turned into a transaction of lust.
Touch Screen, Touch Me
The piece connects the public and intimate, drawing from viral internet phenomenon and personal experiences to search for meaning in our ever connected, fake quitting social media, instant gratification digital age.
The Dying Yucca
Part of the series, 'luxury interior wall destroyers'
Painted in response to finding myself in a void. Anti-enlightenment caused by the 'real world'.
Thoughts and Prayers
My work is iconoclastic, not only holding faiths to task, but our underlying need to create beliefs. Drawing ideas from objects found mostly within recognised faiths which carry metaphorical weight.
Discarded polystyrene fish boxes or the temple sarcophagi of our trashed natural world? Stacked to reference the classical limestone columns of antiquity composed of ancient fossilised sea creatures.
An existential crisis manifested in the manic episode of 8-bit psychosis symptomatic of the outdated model of defunct technologies.
Marriage between Screens
Stephen’s critical framework all stems from the digital age we all situate in. Interested in the fragmentation of information displayed and viewed through digital and cultural means, such as cinema, media, and game culture.
My work is autobiographical, recalling the vulnerability of self-awareness and the way I store and distort memories. This work is inspired from a selfie I received from a male from a dating app.