All lose,whole find

‘a mind which has reached the gelatinous mildewy stage in the mortification of all healthy and courageous thought […] ghouls and idiots and insane howling’ – Henry David Thoreau

Through the expulsion of concepts surrounding anxiety, schismatic persona, liminality, inside/outside, desperate happiness; the audio/visual work delves into the paradoxical world(s) of freedom and hedonism. Inspired by R. D. Laing, ‘The Divided Self’ and E. E. Cummings, ‘Him’; presented, are a multiplicity of phantasmagoric imagery and subliminal sounds. Proposing a languid conversation—a stand-off between facial expression—straddling the conscious and unconscious; a dualistic tug-of-war with no clear beginning or end.

The face acts as a chameleonic symbol system for emotions; a realer-than-real life affirmation. The upside down smile of the Clown. Laughing at the world behind torn emotions. An all-encompassing, ‘all-at-once-ness’ subversion into wisdom, madness and folly. Cuddling the chaotic, the complex, the colourful. A delirium tremens of intoxicated hysteria.

 

Matt Chandler

matt.chandler@network.rca.ac.uk