The multi layered paintings in this series mimic the ad-hoc patchwork persona of the harlequin, a character with roots as a servant of the devil, charged with ushering the damned to Hell. Like layers of consciousness the layers of the paintings reveal a childhood fascination with sadistic violence and repressed sexual energy, while the layers closest to the viewer reveal more social and universal categories of collective indulgence. In various cultures, ritual clowns are needed as a Dionysian element, a safety valve through which the community can give symbolic satisfaction to the antisocial tendencies. As an adolescent, through the act of drawing, clowns became blank subjects for the projection of taboos and alternative identities. From Modernist abstractions to childhood drawings, different representation of clowns are layered and combined with forbidden desires and personas. Sinister yet playful, reflective and transparent materials voice, conceal and fragment moments of a shadow self, both present and past.
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