Until recently art making and history were carried out in separate brain spaces – I practised art under the name Theo.
Monstrous: Inhumanly or outrageously wrong…
Birth: The emergence of a baby or other young from the body of its mother; the start of life as a physically separate being…
Grasping each other in various ways as to affect the innermost nerves
Bare bodies as the only weapons
BLUEPRINTS FOR AN EMERGENT PERSONALITY
Blueprints for an Emergent Personality was created as a Vertigo Starts Residency (2018-2019) in collaboration with AMORE at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, a computational linguistics lab developing a form of AI which explores the phenomenon of childhood language acquisition, especially reference. The artistic aim of the residency was to visually explore the representation of non-human personalities using data from the AMORE model lab, and the surrounding Barcelonan streets. The result was an archive of a 140-page sketchbook, preparatory mixed-media works, and six large drawn-paintings on paper, which spoke to hypothetical emotional flashpoints of this particular learning process. Visual perplexities, confusions about identity, a fundamental dissociation from a human’s recognisable visual world weave a psychic terrain of AMORE’s potential non-human selfhood.
SUSANNA AFTER THE ELDERS
WHEN DOORS ARE LEFT OPEN
An adult nursery rhyme: the story of a little girl and a boyish creature who enter a world of exoticism and confusion.
STRINGS and BIRDS
A little totemic theatricality that soaked through the skin – a forgetting of real and not. A dream world.