#240 Shadow Government
64x84 cm | Filler, oak frame
Shadow Government is a concept that describes the conspiratorial notion that real power does not lie with the elected people but resides with individuals who exercise it behind the scenes, hidden from the control of society and the public. But perhaps it is also so, that the individual subject does not have complete control over one's impulses and actions. This series is about the stranger in ourselves. How our self-awareness and self-control is in many ways a facade, and that there are forces within us that we do not have ownership of or understand. But still is somehow part of what we are. This reflects our relationship with the outside world. How elements in it feel alien, and that our fear/loathing for this arises from, or is reinforced by, our fear of the alien in ourselves. Visuality is very much at play here. We often feel the same way for that we cannot see, but which nevertheless affects us.