Let’s Pretend’ was a durational action of seven months, consisting of three parts. The first part took place from 00:00 Sunday 17th Feb ‘08 to 05:05 Friday 22nd Feb ’08, giving a duration of 5 days 5 hours 5 minutes. This reflected the 7810 days since my birth made equivalent to minutes (i.e. 1 day equals 1 minute). In this time I isolated myself in my bedroom that I had previously wallpapered with a digitally generated repetitive grid of my 'hush' self-portraits (each portrait being approximately 1cm high). During the duration of the project I set a task of creating another image using the wallpaper as a pixel matrix. The actions followed a disciplined, repetitive routine, with allocated toilet breaks and 3 basic meals. In the room I had a Bible, the children’s book Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, a sketch pad, paint, ink, charcoal and a camera. My room was then open for a public viewing the following evening after the durational period. I see this as a personal self portrait of myself and a poetic perception of our personal and social lives, where society has been reduced to a subconscious mass of perverted realities with no authentic freedom, reducing people to machine like objects who regurgitate perceived expectations and play the role of a civilized individual very well.
February 22, 2008
March 24, 2011
installation, text, self portrait, personal space, durational isolation