Cotton is about the excessive consumption of wealth and well-being. It derives from the act of using up something or wasting away. Consumption is a mainstream guideline for survival but also death and greed.
The title ‘cotton’ comes from the increased use of materials across basic unnecessary expenditures that humans use every day. Often individuals abuse their consumption, commonly known as an abuse of power or addiction.
Abuse takes over us and causes a ripple effect, creating everyone else to become affected.
Similar to the effect of environmental degradation, our overconsumption has reduced the ecosystem’s health and quality of life. Humans are reliable to maintain the cleanliness of their home.
Plague is about the recovery and growth after an abusive relationship. This drawing allows others who have been in an abusive relationship to feel that re-growth in themselves.
In 2020, I was in an emotionally abusive relationship. I stayed in Falmouth, Cornwall. Moving accommodation was out of my budget, I was a university student and lockdown separated me from travelling to my family.
I got weighed down by his constant criticisms, I felt worthless, eventually, lockdown restrictions lifted, and my mother forced me to buy a train ticket and I quickly left and blocked any form of contact from the guy.
I call this illustration ‘plague’ because the relationship felt like a disease easing into my blood. The flowers represent re-growth.
I drew LSD due to a series of events. Before I travelled back to Cornwall my nephew asked if I could turn anything into a horror, he handed me a plastic penguin cup, Henry soon after said to me, “I’m only six, I will read it when I am older, I don’t want to scare myself.”
The day I arrived in Cornwall, I had to drive my roommate to the hospital because he OD’d on LSD. My roommate used to dissolve LSD in his tea.
The concept of this drawing is about the attention of drugs and how they can consume your persona. The flowers symbolise the poisonous reoccurrence of drug usage, as you can see the plants are gradually burning out.
I suffer from vivid nightmares, occasionally I would find myself disassociated with what is real.
In a typical dream it would start off with my ordinary real-life routine, then the scenery would start to obscure itself.
Fracture is influenced by a dream I have quite often, I am shopping for groceries and the staff members heads split open.
I remember my first vivid nightmare, in the dream, I am ten years old, a friend of mine is driving, and I am in the back seat. A long piece of leather draws out of her eye. Eventually, the leather stops and her eye pops out.
Emelia Wotts is influenced by the psychological effect of alter egos, Wotts is a character I came up with to help me gain my confidence back from real-life trauma in 2018.
“The Batman Effect” empowers your alternative self. This concept takes a step back from immediate feelings and allows us to express confidence and positive energy. This lets us keep our feelings in check while increasing our level of self-control and determination.
The cognitive exercise of finding your alter ego is to simply create a character and this allows you to explore your urges and desires, especially what makes you smile and feel confident.
I do not agree with political correctness and cancel culture. I believe it is separating us from each other more and allowing racism to occur in an alternative manner.
We are all equal until a person proves otherwise. Political correctness uncovers the fear of being racist, rather than learning and respecting other cultures. I like to acknowledge other people’s experiences and languages; it is what connects us.
Assuming a word means one thing and not the other plays on the attacker’s mind, not the victims. What goes on in the attacker’s mind evidences their beliefs and expectations of another person’s behaviour and beliefs, that the attacker identifies with but fears.
The brain drawing comes from the idea that although racists dislike certain races, they have a hidden curiosity about certain races, corresponding to envy and resentment, which often coincide. We usually dislike someone because we are not like them or something about them causes jealousy.