Agoraphobia 1.0: Desire (2002)

Interrelated via mass media and advertising, DESIRE (1), FEAR (2) and DEPRESSION (3), coexist as symbiotic effects of one another: Fear is used to create both desire and subservience, and a culture of perpetual desire that, by its very nature, cannot and does not want to be satisfied, which results in a rise in depression (both natural and contrived for gain) that responds better to the anxiety that fuels the cycle.
The project consisted of a mural-sized painting of variable dimensions, on several panels of commercial textiles on stretchers, flanked on adjoining walls by a series of relatively smaller paintings (each 50 x 60”).
The specific themes of the 1.0 Desire series of paintings are: advertising techniques and the sexualisation of commerce; the negative effects of media saturation on memory and the subsequent distortion of our priorities.
2.0 Fear deals with the subservience created by representatives of the state and commerce to influence our lives and buying cycles; the renewed use of propaganda in contemporary Western culture and their effects on our emotional and psychological well being and view of the outside world.
3.0 Depression (unrealised) centers on the over-commercialisation of pharmaceuticals; the growing reliance on medication to control and/or change every aspect of so-called undesirable social and personal variances, whether physical, emotional or psychological; the effects and responsibility of the latter two themes on the ever-growing number of cases of clinical depression.
The specific themes of the 1.0 Desire series of paintings are: advertising techniques and the sexualisation of commerce; the negative effects of media saturation on memory and the subsequent distortion of our priorities.

While not an ongoing series, I have revisited the themes and imagery since the initial project.

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