artist statement

I am a painter, writer, and comedian who confronts absolutist notions and societal preconceptions through warped storytelling archetypes, expressive use of acrylic and watercolour, and recycled materials. My practice is born from a style I call Post-Consumerism, which is characterized by my genuine, but irreverent quest for authenticity in a world increasingly dominated by branding and material desire instead of genuine emotion. Informed by  my multicultural and interdisciplinary background, my work is emblematic of perception as an outsider on the inside, granting me an observational, if not narrational eye akin to my position as a writer and comic.

As a storyteller, humour has always fuelled my work, as it was how I reconciled with my own conflicting dualities of identity and purpose. Humour exemplifies the struggle between two, symbiotic truths - one factual and one fabricated. From this confrontation an all-encompassing truth is born. I became an artist because humour makes us laugh and cry. It awakens emotions and self-realization, so by injecting story into juxtapositions of acrylic and watercolour, text, and forms, I fish out realness that is drowned out by social pressures. My work is is not an outright rejection of the consumer culture it was once my job to push, but rather a radical exposure of it. It demands honesty and self awareness. Best characterized by the faces that often appear in my work, I revel in the symbiosis of tragedy and comedy that comes with society’s relationship to social, national, and economic power structures. My rebellion is loud, so I often opt for colours that reflect that. I strive for the genuine over the superficial; communication over salesmanship.

- G.U


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