My work explores "collective consciousness, memory and emotion", reflecting on the effects of globalization, largely through mass communications, social media platforms and mobile applications, and their capacity to bring psychological pressures and the uncontrolled complexity of their power to influence us. It can be argued, we are becoming a universal simplified human being, giving birth to a binary mind that is increasingly devoid of complex ideas, nuances and easily convinced of the truths it is told again and again, leading to the current globalized era of ‘politics of emotion’. The brain is complex, and not fully scientifically understood. Our consciousness is accepted by most of us as given by our “being alive and here”, yet we do not fully understand it. We behave, act in a social, cultural context, based on the Information our brains receive, store and retrieve. We make daily decisions based on how we feel, think, believe, fed by the stimulus we receive, and how our memory retrieves it. Our emotions are impulsive, instinctive and unpredictable, based on how we retrieve, internalize stimulus and information. My work engages with the idea of “collective consciousness rooted by emotion and memory”, from personally being open to receiving, collecting, internalizing, restoring global and localized Information, which I gain in my experience of consciousness. This information is gathered and processed while “consciously and subconsciously” acknowledging the emotions I experience, as I live my daily consciousness. My work therefore tends to have female subjects and orientated towards Female sensibilities. The information is gathered,collected,internalized, from not only traditional media such as newspapers, television and magazines, books, but also largely from new media such as the Internet, social media networking platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and mobile cellphone applications such as BBM. My choice of materials, is mostly focused on exploring ‘tactile and expressive mediums that allow me to be impulsive,instinctive,and unpredictable’ and currently my work is rooted in expressive painting, printing techniques such as Monotypes and mixed media, exploring plastic polymer mediums and photographic transfers. Underlying this exploration, I draw on my personal interest in various philosophical and sociological views.
P.O Box 2376
Johannesburg / South Africa
The show is a reflection of Liu Bolin's multifaceted and complex view of contemporary society and culture. The critically acclaimed and internationally renowned artist will release the first works of a new series, Hiding in California.