Mensch 002 is a diorama piece, which you may have guessed from looking at it. The idea I'm exploring here is the sort of top-level thought that, at least in my experience, dominates the rest of one's mind. The figure at the desk has been writing out all its failings, shortcomings, regrets, painful memories and has taken great care to categorize and document each and every last one of them. The pieces of paper strewn about literally have a regret, failing, painful memory, the name of someone that wronged me, the things I've done wrong, etc written on them. There are secrets written here that I've told hardly anyone, one that I know I haven't told a single soul. Luckily I've plastered them down with so much superglue so good luck random antagonist to my life that wants to shame me! (Fun fact: there is an exact total of 256 of those regrets, not by design but chance. If you're into IT you'll see why this is funny). So the figure is collecting all these painful memories, documenting them, and then feeds the input down the cables through the cellar door which is chained to not allow anything up. In the more painful times of my obsession with my mistakes it seems like a malicious sentience that's sitting on top of my own, forcing down the thoughts it decides I need to rehash. I've filled metaphorical volumes with my destructive thoughts. Volumes after volumes, year after year, page after page. The hope is that someday I can break past that fucking door and stop the figure from writing. Rip out his cables, burn all his works and regard him to the scrap heap. For now.... though... all I'm doing is banging bloodied fists on that cellar door.
2019 (first of 2019!)
Materials: Wood, steel, found objects, copper, paper
Dimensions: 9" x 10.5" x 11.5"