Parasocial VBy Joshua Kane Gomes
Mixed Media, Steel, ropes, emulsion coated foam, fabric, polyester fibre fill
Dimensions: 87cm (H) x 57cm (W) x 46cm (D) / 34.3" (H) x 22.4" (W) x 18.1" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
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Parasocial is an ongoing series of sculptures that navigate the pitfalls of unhealthy dependencies within relationships, particularly the deterioration of one-sided infatuation into all-consuming delusions of intimacy. Explored in relation to the mythos of the Wendigo, a cursed cannibalistic spirit that exists in a state of constant starvation, the works thematically parallel the illusionary familiarity experienced when engaging public personas, where the spectator-turned-stalker is driven to frenzy over time by an ever-increasing appetite. While morbid in a thematic sense, the sculptures underplay their ghoulish inspirations and grim desires; hiding behind playful shades of pastels and innocent expressions, alluding to how commonplace parasocial interactions are in our age of interconnectedness.
Joshua Kane Gomes
January 2023, Kuala Lumpur
Hometown: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Based in: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Joshua Kane Gomes (b. 1993, Malaysia) graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 2017, where he studied under the Tuition Grant for Art Institutions, awarded by the Ministry of Education, Singapore. He is also the recipient of the Cheong Kam Hee Art Prize in 2017.
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