Contemporary Surreal Artist 

 

Memories, Visions and Automatism

"Mesmerising"    "Emotive"    Beguiling"

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As a female autobiographical artist who has suffered and witnessed suffering, I feel the psychological and physiological effects that take place when making art. I understand its power. Visceral, beautiful truths and painfulness.  I question Power and Control through the uncanny. The peaceful, evocative, sensual sensations that are often not spoken.  

 

I am interested in shielding myself somewhat from facing past traumas and how I have lost some memories.  My practice is about recognizing these shadows' symptoms to begin seeing what lies hidden and begin a healing process. Reconnecting with childhood toys and drawing tools from that era have spoken to me to make art about abuse. 

 

Perplexing questions of the beastly that co-exists with the beauty in humanity, the ever-present stench of injustice—the merry-go-round of power forces me to face the past and the choices she I subsequently made. 

 

To detach myself from shadows I transcend light on them by entering the depths of my soul. In dreams, night terrors and through automatic visions, I travel observing them through an artificial lens.

 

Reverting my mind back in time and having a dialogue with my inner child, I searched for the toys from childhood, some that I would keep safe and others that I dissected with intrigue. The rhymes and the games, the lore of the playground became audio-worms, stuck in my mind. These have all manifest themselves into my practice.  Voice recording and short films created from echoes of hiding in the cemetery to the bedroom games, the morbid occult found their passage.

 

For me, the magic of playing is becoming absorbed by an alternative world. As a result, I continue to lose myself and grapple with the ever-changing and reoccurring thoughts. The telepathic insistencies and spiritual encounters that beguiled me offered a way out—regressing, repressing and the timely appearance of the apparitions, the night terrors and exploding head voices.  

 

An intriguing sense of discovery meets the playfulness of the everyday.

 

"I seek, I find, I discover and uncover".  These hunted tools and sounds brought back to life with a sense of amusing nostalgia and quiet discontent.

 

They offer loneliness, longing, and intensely satisfying escapism.

 

Abuse, violence and suppression - I speak out for sufferers that are long gone whose stories may never be known, for those being subjected to trauma now and for those tormented soles to come. 

         Jennene Whiteley

Surreal Creative