Oliver May

BA (Hons) Painting 2013

Camberwell College of Arts


In my practise I set out to highlight the ambivalent nature in which society absorbs information through screens,with an endless supply of images and content constantly on tap. My work aims to question if there is a pleasure and reliance associated with this absorption through technology.

These screens create an alternate space within our lives, a dual reality, in which one is present and one that is unidentifiable as a space, a subconscious world.

My paintings mimic the subversive/plastic nature of the Internet through block motifs abstracted from found images (from Google) of defunct appliances and celebrities (chosen for their androgynous/introspective appearance). To create an image that is unsettling and uncanny, resembling elements of the technoglogy used today; reflecting on the social anxieties that are associated with using social media etc.

‘I see something like you in this plate, but I do not see you. I hear something like you through this telephone, but I do not hear you’ (‘The Machine Stops’ E.M Foster,1909)




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