Visual Arts Exhibition: Angus Dowling

Title of Major Work: Self perception - Painting/multimedia

My body of work, Self perception, represents a period in my life in which I was extremely underconfident and overly self-critical.

The piece includes a soundscape that is designed to give the audience an experience of the inner turmoil I felt at the time while they view the artworks.

The soundscape explores the paradoxical narratives that we tell ourselves to get through life. The increasing abstraction of the paintings highlights the gradual dissolution of the expectations that I incorrectly imposed upon myself.

The colour palette of the paintings reflects my insecurities about physical reactions I have to embarrassment and other emotive responses. By exaggerating these effects visually, I was able to exert control over them.