This ongoing series situates itself at the unsettling intersection of the human self and the monstrous 'other'. Abject emotions of fear, dread, terror, shame and impassivity as well as rejected aspects of self-identity combine to deform the human face. Informed by Jungian psychology and Freud's uncanny, these harsh and violent expressions of negative mental states divulge the irrational fearful nature of the shadow archetype.
The negative aesthetic categories of the uncanny and grotesque along with affect theory and affective embodiment unmask this 'other' to the viewer. This series intends to provoke reactions of repulse, recoil and shock as the viewer is confronted with the reality of the long-repressed shadow.
Despite depicting emotional distress, these works seek the healing and acceptance of all our most undesirable parts, albeit in a brutish manner.