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.