Big Hell (2013) is a visualisation of my small town shame. A small town upbringing can teach a pattern of pre-empting surveillance and failure, and can become a sense of shame that draws attention to the banal inadequacies that probably go unnoticed in a more anonymous setting.
(in a similar way deliberate self harm can seek an audience to render pain into noble suffering, while hoping to avoid vocalising unacknowledged discontents in an environment where those very discontents are seen as shameful)
Originally commissioned for ‘Through the Keyhole’ at Enjoy Gallery, Wellington New Zealand. enjoy.org.nz/node/2536