Ghost and Demons
Johnson, Perry Wesley
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I distinctly remember when, as a child, I abruptly realized my parents were not superheroes--that they could not always protect me. Suddenly the world was a dangerous place where the adults had lost control. During the day, walking home from school I imagined criminals everywhere, while at night ghosts, aliens and demons came out to feed. The feeling that the world is hostile remains with me now as an adult. Although many of the things I worried about as a child were based on fiction my obsessions remain. Ghosts and demons have been replaced by a host of very real and complex, factual nightmares. We are all engaged in a network of competing forces that we, as individuals, have no control over. My artwork addresses my anxieties and obsessions. It is a small act of resistance against an overwhelming and complicated world. Art making is the tool I employ to isolate and articulate the larger systems at work that I perceive as problematic and terrifying. The work addresses forces outside my control that I can only communicate upon through the use of irony, sarcasm and humor. Hidden under clean lines and symmetrical form, I mock the world at large, the viewer and me. Somehow, the process of being ridiculous makes the world a better place.