The project is focused on my interpretation of my workaday experience, my attempt to navigate the many layers of the retail space of the supermarket, and the enigmatic landscape of the suburban environment
Retail and suburban environments can have a dehumanizing effect on the individual. Elements of alienation and dislocation move beyond their supermarket and suburban associations to permeate my observations. My work is reflective of this process. The paint appears bleached, having a sterile quality reflecting the effect of the supermarket and suburbs on my emotional state. The fluorescent lights of the supermarket and the white concrete of the suburbs reach out and become part of my imagination, sapping colour and forcing me to rethink the relationship between the built environment and my self. This dual existence of working and observation and interpretation of my workplace helped me to make sense of the issues around alienation and desolation I experienced in the supermarket. The project allowed me to occupy a point of observation.
Through my art I attempt to make sense of environments that I perceive as being in opposition to my sense of humanity. These spaces challenge my ideals around the relationship between human beings and their environment and I therefore see them as an ideal subject to develop my ideas around sense of place.
Authorised by the Head of School, Tasmanian College of the Arts
19 October, 2012