PYO Artist’s Statement
Here’s a Statement:
I am a UK artist, most known for creating socially- and politically-conscious pieces, as well as working in the medium of paper installation.
Broadly, my work is often concerned with the way cognition shapes reality, and hence how reality differs from what we perceive. This comes from living with a brain disability that means I quite literally inhabit a parallel world to the rest of humanity. So I do like to draw attention to how our minds impose categories upon a chaos and create the world as we know it.
This different and very particular perspective leads to work that probes and undermines the fabric of reality. This includes toying with politically-charged yet arbitrary cultural notions like gender, race, nationality, and religion. Much of my work also explores outsiderness, the marginalized voice, and disenfranchisement (political and otherwise), and there are often uncanny resonances of the body. The political aspects of the work are very intimately connected to the more esoteric ontological aspects, because the former very much proceeds from the latter. (To be honest, my art is about all sorts of stuff, but ‘they’ don’t really like that because it’s apparently more important that they know how to categorize you, than that you have a breadth of intellect and ideas…)
Alternative Statement: The Wankier Version
Post-Alternative Statement: Come n Hear the Truth, Muthafucka