Inspired by the art of Joseph Cornell and Giorgio De Chirico, my research focuses on recreating the experience of the flâneur – one who wanders through society, leisurely observing and understanding from a distance – in a fantasy world. My work combines this research with the styles of modern concept artists such as Vasburg to invite the viewer to an unfamiliar place with unknown customs, whilst following a production pipeline to industry standards. This allows them to view both major historical events that shaped the landscape, and everyday scenes that reflect the highs and lows of civilisation.
Drawing from current socio-economic tensions, I have created a city whose inhabitants live and work towards the ideals of a Solarpunk philosophy: responsibility, conservation and sustainability. Despite their dedication to these virtues, they still struggle against the changing tides of the world around them and the difficulties of maintaining a way of life that has never been wholly equal. The viewer is encouraged to engross themselves in the fantasy setting, to consider the city’s dignities and inequalities, and experience how even the most ordinary of scenes can speak a thousand words when alongside the lives of others.
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