There is always another video queued up when watching YouTube. Constant clicking results in a cycle: click, watch, repeat. At a certain point, numbness sets in.
Our technologies have become emotional surrogates, constantly present as intermediaries.
We conduct intimate affairs through text message and diary to a massive, anonymous public. There are endless confessional videos- the format has become so normalised that it is possible to reference that visual language in the creation. In light of this technologically mediated emotion and experience, how is a new language of intimacy and vulnerability constructed? My practice examines the conflicts and contradictions inherent in this constant mediation through the subversion of common modes of contemporary emotional expression. I combine text messages, clip videos, phone notes and other contemporary emotional ephemera with performance and video. Many of the stories and notes are taken from my lived experience as a woman who deals with persistent anxiety and stress. I want to comment on the role of the female artist as an emotional public figure. The constantly recurring auto voice is used to read audio that is both diaristic and fictional. It is an emotional surrogate, drawing attention to the limitations of contemporary technology.
The blurred boundaries between lived reality and constructed narrative are a comment on the blurred perception of reality and intimacy endemic to contemporary life. I want to challenge the hierarchies of art that necessitate seriousness, and put an end to enjoyment and play. These classist and elitist forms of art are often reliant on a background in theory for any attempt at understanding. Instead, I aspire for my work to exist both within the fine art context and the one in which I feel that people are their true selves: alone except for their computers, endlessly clicking.