Samantha Humphreys

Art, Photography & Inspiration

Category: Reality

Fading Memory

For the last few years my work has predominantly been concerned with social media and life documenting. In contrast I have recently found my interest reaching toward the distorted memories that a life spent documenting our daily life events creates. I have begun to create work that plays with real fragments of memories, or at least real to me: and if changed or distorted it is only through the naturally ageing brain rather than the memory having been enhanced to begin with.

I am particularly excited by the stirring of a long forgotten moment, triggered by something seemingly unrelated. I recently walked into a room and a structure in the corner reminded me of an aviary. I then remembered that I often visited the aviary in Sefton Park, Liverpool during weekends with my grandparents.

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Before 13 (2016), Acrylic, Ink, Pencil & Carbon print on paper

 

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Untitled, (2016) Acrylic on board

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Untitled (2016) Acrylic, Coffee and Pins on board.

Inspired by recent research into Abstract Expressionism, I’m exploring painting at times when I’m feeling certain emotions. I chose paint as a medium as it is not a material I am used to so using it it this way was certain to add something to the outcome. (I was not likely to be influenced by previous ways of working)

What Am I Like?

romestatusLike the Emperors and leaders of past times, we like to project a carefully constructed identity to our public rather than our real self. Only now, we can all do it, we don’t need to commission an artist to do the job for us. We use the tools available to us and we carefully sculpt out the self portrait we want to project.

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No Further Searching

We have developed a dependency on those devices that provide us with all we need to know about the world and they are all we need to let the world know about us. How about if there was nothing more than what was contained within the edges of the box we hold in our hand, no further searching, no further discovering….

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Devices

 

We have become dependent on our devices as a source for everything, I wonder how long it would take if we stopped receiving our news in this way? Would we panic? Would we soon get used to it again?

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More Than Just A Public Space

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I have been exploring how the digital documentation of our lives online using social media is infiltrating our physical being. Public spaces are no longer limited to when we step outside the front door. Spaces we share extends beyond physical public spaces, parks, shops, nightclubs and bars.

Over the last few years we have begun to play out our lives online, documenting what we do, where we go, what we eat and how we look. We seek the world’s approval while we do all these thing and in addition, the world seeks our approval.

But maybe now there is no divide between our online presence and our physical lives, perhaps it has become one reality. 

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The trend of constantly documenting our life online is seeping into and affecting our ‘real’ life. This disturbs me.

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Selfie

 

 

I have been investigating the trend in our culture today which requires us to be photo ready and the self obsession this brings with it. Perceived realities are getting somewhat confused with the realities we are likely to experience, as society is influenced by and taking inspiration from sources such as celebrity culture and reality television instead of learning to be true to themselves.
My selfie represents a moment of reflection, breath of reality,  a rare half a second of solitude in a society in which we are put under constant pressure to be perfect.

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