My work highlights the body as both a physical representation of identity and a means to explore the nature of perception, and I have been exploring how our consciousness and sense of ‘self’ relates to the body in the age of technology.
I am interested in what disturbs the safe ordering of reality and alters our perception of ourselves within our environment, and the ‘uncanny’ occurs when our experience is disturbed by encountering an object or situation which can be unsettling and causes a sense of intellectual uncertainty. An example would be seeing an extremely life-like body or part of the body. Although our rational mind will know the object to be lifeless, our unconscious mind may respond to its realism causing us to feel disturbed by the possibility that it may become animated by life.
In Self Autopsy, shifting perspectives reflect alternative positions of perception; at times we share the experience with a machine through the mechanical eye of the camera lens. We can also perceive the video through the eyeholes of a mask, similar to looking through a camera lens, as we engage with the work.