All of my work is driven by my interest in mental and physical processes, and significant themes in my work include feminism, sensuality, body image, and psychology. As an individual with bipolar disorder, my perception of my own body and the world around me is frequently unreliable; the extreme mental and physical symptoms I experience with my disorder inform my work. My work serves as a means of understanding and imagining my body beyond its illness, which often makes me feel as if I carry multiple selves. For this reason, repetition and self-portraits are common features of my work, which is executed through a number of mediums, including drawing, painting, photography, text-based work and video. My works are assemblages of representative and abstract imagery, marrying hardness and delicacy, violence with quietness. It is this oscillation between contradictory states that draws me and inspires me.

Artist Statement

 

©Morgan Arnett 2017