Burnout

I saw countless individuals with no enthusiasm, avoiding eye contact and any interaction in general. Mainly when commuting in large cities, it seems like a standard. Whether it is caused because at the end of their journey is a job they don’t enjoy or a flat with a ridiculous rent, their emotions shrink to rather gloomy stages, leaving them with muted, blank faces.

When I used to live in London, I had moments when I was one of them. But it was also the time when I got this idea, to tackle the depressive phenomenon by an art project. To me, art is a form of relaxation; creative process helps me to stay away from becoming “burnout”. So, I took a playful approach of a game of words and created a set of sculptures and paintings presenting figures with their facial expressions hidden by an actual flame, literally burned out.

It started as a quick drawing in my sketchbook

 Initially I thought of it as a photographic project, but then I figured the potential this could have as a complete installation containing different mediums, a set of paintings and sculptures.
That sorted, I started working on it.

Researching the topic, I opted to use hues of grey, as it is commonly associated with people suffering from depression or anxiety. The figures are then executed in abstract fashion, to avoid resemblance to actual persons.

Sculptures

conifer wood, 2016

1: 4x6x19 cm (1.5x2.5x7.5 in)
2: 4x6x20 cm (1.5x2.5x8 in)
3: 6x8x30 cm (2.5x3x11.5 in)
4: 6x6x40 cm (2.5x2.5x16 in)
5: 9x10x95 cm (3.5x4x37.5 in)
6: 11x14x109 cm (4.5x5.5x43 in)

 

 

 

I placed the sculptures across various locations in the city as a street art piece. 

Paintings

acrylic on a board, 2016

1: 60x90 cm (24x35.5 in)
2: 150x90 cm (59x35.5 in)

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"Burnout" was exhibited in GENERATORprojects
Dundee, Scotland
27 Jan. - 19 Feb. 2017.
     

Documentation of the work was presented in Croke Park, Dublin,
12 - 14 Nov. 2018, as a part of the Global Undergraduate Summit.