On this page are my personal favourite pieces of art I've done, everything from films and animations to photography and illustrations.
My first ever short paper animation film about the struggles and frustration of being creative and original. the small victory's and losses of everyday life, fighting the clock and the inevitable passing of time. About peoples inner child often lost in later life, with an element of randomness the video is ultimately open to the viewers own interpretation.
CONNECTING THE DOTS
Connecting the Dots is a spoken word poem put into video form. The poem is a honest view of the world around me, exploring the art of learning, memory and how the brain expands subconsciously, the connections between all art forms and all people and the joys and struggles of being a human being. I created the video using lots of clips and pictures because i find it signify the way the brain works and learns through associations between things each individual has seen and experienced. Also i find spoken word is a art form that relays a lot on metaphors, being able to depict the metaphorical meaning of each lyric through film, while still having a consistent shot of the poem being read as to not distract the view too much from the message i feel works well.
1000 WORDS PER SECOND
A picture says 1000 words, in this video 1000 words are being said every second. Everyday for a year i filmed a few seconds of footage, so this video is a look back of a year of my life like a moving photo album of memories. I always thought of a camera as a magical device that captures moments and memories which are one of the most precious things to man. Its so long that i only recommended people with an impressive attention span watch. Good to watch if you just want to zone out for a while.
Short film collaboration between me (film creator) and my friend (spoken word poet, Fedzilla) A piece of work reflecting on her (hypothetical) children and the world they will be born into. I saw Fedzilla preform in a show i was also taking part in, approached her after the show in hope of animating her poem, she was excited about the idea so I shot parts of the film and animated others that i thought would be wonderful to see come to life making her words and thoughts physical.
MY FASCINATING DERANGED TRANQUIL CHAOTIC MIND My piece "My Fascinating Deranged Tranquil Chaotic Mind" is a combination of illustration, photography and creative writing. For me art is Therapeutic, making conceptual thoughts physical and uncompromising self expression. But the best and most frustrating thing about art is anything I say will be incomplete. So I guess this is what it would look like of I painted a canvas with my psyche. A self portrait of my thoughts, insecurities, dreams and things I love hate about myself and everything in between. I call it a self dissection portrait. It's honest, uncompromising and imperfect which Is what I believe makes for the most human and repeatable art.
SHE Inspired by the song and music video "She" by Tyler The Creator and Frank Ocean. A look inside the deranged mind of an obsessed stalker. The perfect surrealist view of the danger of infatuation getting out of hand and love needing to be a mutual feeling to be real.
WE THINK, THEREFORE, WE CAN I created this as artwork for a clients script. The idea behind this is the danger of curiosity in humanity always overturning every stone. With emphasis on digging deeper into the human mind where things that we may be better off remaining ignorant to may lie. I thought the dramatic image of the exploding head is the perfect illustration of the mind collapsing after learning things about itself that is can't handle and that it cannot unlearn. I wanted a main focus to be the one eye of the head that was left intact as a symbol of seeing beyond into something the mind couldn't comprehend. The crashing pilot is also a metaphor for the crashing human mind and shows the cause being human tech trying to compete and even replace nature "our mechanical birds flew too close to the sun" I thought was a nice spin on the Greek mythology Icarus story. "We think therefore we can" (a quote from the script) Is like modernising a classic quote which is what technology does so often. And it raises the question of "just because you can, does it necessarily mean you should?". And the quote implies that as conscious human beings who have the power to alter the world around us, confidently believes we should.
. Alien Child graphic novel character design
.TEEN DRAMA (Alien Child graphic novel concept art poster) I created this is piece as a metaphor of the relationship of the two characters from the graphic novel I'm making. The idea being one of the characters optimistic happiness revels to the other character how unhappy she herself is by contrast. A painful but necessary existential moment of self realisation.
. Alien Child graphic novel concept poster
THE BELLY OF THE BEST This piece was first inspired by Kendrick Lamar's album "DAMN." Kendrick has a tendency to absorb people around him and tell their stories through his music non judgmentally, letting the listener decide their view on these characters. I tried to replicate this by having the items in each of the beasts hands a representation of someone from a damaged city lifestyle such as single mothers, drug dealers and the many who have lost loved ones. Despite being a monster, the city is also a community of people. The design of the beast itself is both a living representation of the city and a racist distorted stereotype depiction of the inhabitants of it. The idea being from an outside ignorant view this might be all that is seen. Having said that people do terrible things to each other in these broken cities. But no one is born bad, so better then just blaming each individual ask why and what drove them down this path, it's one thing to have a friend or parent that is a negative influence, but to be born into, and be raised by a city that is a bad influence is an even deeper wound. This is why i think their is no greater example of my personal philosophy; (unless you've lived every second of someones life you cannot judge their actions, as you can't feel how they feel, and every bad decision has a open wound of the past behind it.). I don't see how anyone can be judged for being angry that they are being forgotten and failed by the system and treated like second rate citizens and criminals. 2pac- "Yes I am going to say that i'm a thug, because I came from the gutter, and i'm still here"
Paranoid Fantasy Land Our paranoia tells us a distorted version of ourselves, that we aren't good enough and the people around us think little of us. Our fantasy tells us that we are the hero of our own story and that even if we believe everyone is equal, you are always destined to win in the end because you are you. I think both of these versions of ourselves are false. If there's a puzzle, each piece representing a person, I think most people would rather be the last piece that finishes the puzzle giving the finished imagine meaning, this would be the fantasy. But I also believe most people would rather be a broken damaged piece (representing the paranoia) then an ordinary one of many pieces. I think this is because no one wants to believe they're the norm, and would rather be interesting and broken then healthy and average. The damaged puzzle piece has a cause and effect of making the whole puzzle incapable of being complete. The reality isn't as exciting which I think makes the two extremes a more appealing path to follow down, but like a Venus fly trap can capture your mind and make your paranoia or fantasy your reality. whereas I think reality lies somewhere in between the two.
THE HUMAN CONDITION Suffering is a language spoken by all of humanity, and yet we put the earth and each other through it knowing the painful feeling first hand. And yet we are still able to smile and feel joy, I'm not certain whether this is a hauntingly sad showing of the self centred nature of being human, Or a simply beautiful testimony to the struggling perseverance of being human and the common goal of the pursuit of happiness that crosses all genders, ages and races.
SCHIZOPHRENIA Imagine not being able to draw the line in your mind between fantasy in reality, having your nightmarish thoughts and fears being able to cross that line as they please.
FIRE Life and death, strange how similar opposites can be.
THE BEAUTY OF VULNERABILITY I heard there’s a Japanese belief that everyone has 3 faces. The first they show the world, the second only close family and friends see and the third only they themselves know.
THE DUALITY OF SEXISM The confusing world of being female, being shamed for your sexuality while simultaneously being exploited for it. (Cover your breasts and get your tits out).
PERSPECTIVE Sometimes I can't tell whether a memory is real or a vivid dream, when a experience becomes a memory the line between reality and fantasy is just perspective.
REFLECTION There's nothing quite like looking straight into the eyes of an animal and the mystery of never knowing what's in their head. I saw this same fox and photographed him everyday on the way home, everyday he became more comfortable around me till we were only a couple meters from each other.
A LOVE STORY 2017
THE DARK THOUGHTS WE ALL HAVE TO PRETEND NOT TO HAVE I don't believe the darkest thoughts we have are a honest reflection of ourselves, more like a fun house distorted mirror, unfiltered thoughts haven't been considered by the mind yet. Strange how its like a unanimous unspoken agreement to pretend we don't have these thoughts creep into mind, almost like the Emperors New Clothes we all ignore the obvious. I think if people would try and understand rather then judge more people would share and the thoughts wouldn't look as scary. Or we'd all find a way to judge each other in new and exciting ways...
BLOOD ON THE LEAVES
My Dream is the first (hopefully of many) song me and my friend Zac Livemore (producer) created with lyrics and vocals. Zac is a brilliant producer who created the instrumental, I wrote the lyrics and our very talented singer friend Laetitia sung over it. inspired by Labi Siffre - My Song Zac livemore- https://soundcloud.com/zac-livemore Laetitia- https://soundcloud.com/husbandandwife