Am I Dreaming, or Am I Dead? showcases an abstract aurora borealis landscape. It questions the intents which you see when you die. Is it beautiful, or is this just all a dream?
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If you think about it, dying is just like forever dreaming. Therefore this serves as a way to accept the coming death that we all face in that we dream our best lives on death. It’s not existential because who is to say that we simply don’t have another life or we disappear? Has anyone come back to tell us what death is yet?
For now, it’s simply a dream.
THE CONFRONTATIVE NUDE (2022)
It is the nude that confronts you. It asks the simple question, “why do you gaze”? Though the subject is male in this work, there has always been a gaze towards artistic nudes throughout history. This turns the tide; it turns the nude into the gazer, and you are now the subject of its gaze.
It intends to make the viewer feel what a subject of a nude painting would feel being gazed upon. If it is objectifying the audience- you are what the subject of the drawing wants. The subject is nevertheless unknown- apart from him being male. This is to emulate the idea of numerous people, who the subject doesn’t know, in a nude painting gazing onto the painting. Now this male gaze is on you, the viewer. How does it make you feel now that the tides have turned?