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