Part of The Reflections On An Age Of Anxiety Series. War Child is a Digital Collage that cries out at the thought of a simple political or tactical miscalculation leading to the spread of war. Tensions mount at global flashpoints when the worlds most powerful militaries engage in posturing behaviour with one another. Flashpoints occour where countries spheres of influence overlap and a struggle for dominance ensues. For instance the naval collisions and near misses between China and the USA in the disputed islands of the South China Sea, Russian military aircraft probing British airspace, Mounting tensions in the Middle East over attacks on Oil Tankers in the Strait of Hormuz, the recent downing of a US drone nearly resulting in American military action against Iran, these all carry a real risk of large nations blindly blundering towards disaster.
Part Of The Inner Space Series. The Unreality Affect is a Digital Collage which views both itself and the surrounding world through the numbed and detached lenses of Depersonalization and Derealization. During times of severe trauma, stress and anxiety our minds can shield themselves from emotional overwhelm by dissociating and creating degrees of seperation from both our sense of self and our sense of reality. Depersonalization and Derealization are natural defensive measures which kick in once our Fight or Flight Responses have been overpowered or have failed to remove us from either real or imagined danger. Whilst they can sometimes be highly unpleasant experiences in and of themselves, They do lessen the immediate sense of fear and conserve vital energy while allowing us to function in times of extreme emotional distress.
Depersonalization can carry the sensation that it is ourself that is no longer real, our words and actions may seem automated and beyond our control; we may also feel as if we are watching ourselves from a distance or as if in a movie. Derealization carries a sensation that it is our external reality that is out of tune and out of kilter; Familiar spaces can seem strange and somewhat unrecognisable, Our perception of time may be distorted, sounds are too loud or muffled and a general lack of realness/concreteness is prevading throughout our experience.