As a result of a busy and monotonous lifestyle, people become disconnected from what makes them truly alive. The personified octopus figure tries to bring others back to the reality that there is more to life than work.
The State of Compliance
Clay sculpture, 20.5"x17"x5" 2014
There comes a stage in life when we become someone we are not in order to conform to the pressures and expectations of society. Similarly, the figures in the sculpture blend and comply with these pressures and ultimately lose their sense of individuality.
We Sailed on Waning Water
Wood block print, 30"x10.75" 2014
Society's expectations hold people back from reaching and realizing personal fulfillment. The figures on the boat seek a world with no pressures or judgements, but the octopus obstructs their journey.
Mixed media collage, 8.55"x8.5" 2015
There exists a tension between following society's expectations and following one's own passion. The figure is clouded by constricting ideals and is blind to a world that is constantly changing, flourishing, and rebuilding itself.
This body of work is about the state of "becoming", which can happen through personal fulfillment or social change. We all have the potential to change ourselves and influence others in a way that we can feel liberated, fulfilled, and in control of our lives. It is only the established expectations in society that constrain and hold us back from realizing what truly makes us happy.
Apr 15 2016 Creative Industries Showcase Toronto Creator Space, Toronto, ON