(series) 2016. Oil & mixed media, 50 x 50 x 5 cm each
Welcome to YOUR Jungle
"Welcome to the Jungle"
- Guns N' Roses, featured on their debut studio album, Appetite for Destruction (1987).
"Welcome to the jungle we got fun and games
We got everything you want honey, we know the names
We are the people that can find whatever you may need
If you got the money honey we got your disease
Welcome to the jungle it gets worse here everydayYou learn to live like an animal in the jungle where we playIf you got a hunger for what you see you'll take it eventuallyYou can have everything you want but you better not take it from me..."
The artwork “Welcome to (YOUR) jungle” plays on the famous song by Guns N Roses, “Welcome to the jungle”. I see the world of social media as a jungle, often hard to navigate with different structures, rules and hierarchy. These social media spaces seem fun and light-hearted but as the song describes, can also filled with the sinister and treacherous. I see the ‘selfie’ as a narcissistic act of self-glorification. Documenting your face for the world to see while others sitting on the other side of the screen, consuming/eating each post, comment or in this case, selfie. Unlike the complex and layered portraits we have come to know within an art history context, these selfies become nothing more than allure, a trick to draw in its viewer.
Trying to participate in this world of social media often feels as though one has to follow its rules, these are often superficial and hierarchical.
These alluring and inviting images of the jungle (these photographs were taken by my fiancé on his travels in Samoa, Philippines, Nicaragua) are beautiful in their depiction of nature, in this context but in a painterly style they become a dark and mysterious space of foreboding which represents the ‘dark’ side of the social media space.
I would like the audience to look beyond the sugar-coated façade of a selfie and see the dark sinister world and which they participate in.
In a lightbox – The background layer is the jungle painting which is fore-grounded by a one-way mirror layered over this. The idea is for the person who views the work, to see themselves reflected in the painting/image at the back, hereby playing with the multi-layer idea of the selfie and satirically welcoming the viewer to their ever alluring Jungle.
The image and box with light has an immersive effect to assist with the idea with alluring the viewer to the "jungle".
Where people eat or praise each other everyday
The artist is not a lover of selfies.