In a city with a population of 2 million, I still feel lonely sometimes. My body of work explores ideas about perspective and isolated figures to show the loneliness that we feel in the city. The subject of my artworks are mainly staircases and isolated figures. These show ideas of empty spaces, and feelings of people who are alone.
I started with observational drawings of Paris city to show the idea of emptiness. The first work to show that idea of perspective in a city is Perspective. In the next two works, Depth and Staircase, I tried different approaches to materials to show empty places more effectively. I explored the 3D ceramic creation in Staircase, and 2D acrylic drawing in Depth. As a result, 2D work feels more natural to express the feeling of solitude, loneliness and emptiness. I used very watered down acrylic paint to create works in tones of gray. I started exploring the subject of isolated figures from the artwork Suicidal. The artwork Facial expression is a drawing of inner emotion of those isolated figures.
My artwork was inspired by artist Jeffery Smart. He draws isolated figures in the wide and empty space to express isolation. I was inspired by his use of perspective and composition. I was also influenced by Edward Hopper and his portrayal of loneliness in the urban environment. The way he expresses the isolation of figures in the city gave me an idea for my theme. In terms of coloring, Japanese manga culture inspired me a lot. Manga artists express the shadows and colors by only using tones of black and white. Monochromatic coloring expressions in my artworks are therefore strongly influenced by manga.
For the exhibition layout, I worked in an L-shaped space. The set up of my works are roughly chronological, which shows the development of my ideas. I divided my artwork in two groups. On one side of the wall, I put my artworks that have staircases as the subject, and on the other side, I exhibited artworks about isolation. Overall, my exhibition creates an impression of solitude and a stark atmosphere which hopefully reinforces my intended message.