Below is the written explanation of the artist’s Sustained Investigation. To view the full images and details of each piece, click/tap on the thumbnail.
Throughout my pieces I explored the question of what are escapes from reality? I wanted to look into coping mechanisms. I began by looking at deindividuation in work 2, people separate from themselves in order to avoid the real world. Then when asked if they are okay, they put up a nice fake front represented by the embroidered flowers that it’s all fine. Looking at my works as a whole I realize I began by focusing on much darker themes such as substance abuse in work 3 and social media addiction in work 5. Even dreams and daydreams represented in works 6 and 8 respectively can be dangerous if we let them overwhelmingly take over. It was not until a few pieces in that I shifted focus into the comforts escapes from reality can bring that I have turned to myself. I dived into music and reading in works 10 and 12. These pieces show that being an escape from reality does not inherently make it bad, at difficult times we all need ways to cope and we just need to find those escapes that are healthy. But, it is not only hobbies that can bring this solace its pets, friends, family who represent a light from the dark in my last 3 works. Those that we surround ourselves with are a safe home.