they said my anxiety looked pretty, 2023

This is a series of long exposure images of the subjects moving freely through a projected video of my fine line pattern illustration. The compression and overlays not only apply to human and light, time and motion, but also the conflicts of the inner selves, all of which come together to reflect upon the struggles of stagnation against the seduction of a comfort zone.

The drawing started as a meditative doodle - an automatic translation of the subconscious onto pen and paper. Unconsciously, the illustrations were drawn by adhering to a strict set of made-up, repetitive rules. It hints at arbitrary limitations we set for ourselves, when in fact we do have the power to change the rules.