How is an old fashioned microscope connected to a disturbed Jack in the box?
My project started with a charming microscope which belonged to someone called William Wilson. From this starting point I decided to explore ideas of technology - its uses, its downfall and how it has impacted society. Most of my inspiration came from the art of the Chapman brothers as I wanted to take a darker approach to the project. I decided to show how we are exposed to technology as children and how this could potentially create disorders in sensitive minds.
I used the Jack in the box to represent a child and how technology is mutating and affecting young people psychologically using physical violence and imagery as symbolism. I also made an adaptation of Tim Burton’s style to create a set of clowns as background imagery. This was due to the character “Jack”, despite the exterior being suggestive of skin, organs and a presence of characters. The box suggests it knows it is being watched and looks back at its audience asking for judgement, acknowledgement and understanding. Coming out of the box is a lifeless puppet, trying to escape yet immobile. It has an ironic twist as it anthropomorphises the character yet implies lifelessness. Lurking inside the box is Jack who is dragging the puppet back into the box. The inside of the box represents the mind of the child and how it’s demons control it. Reflecting this is the environment around the box, which represents the child’s curiosity and freedom of expression.