An important process within my work is the translation from digital to physical: text found in online forums transformed into scripts, and 3D models printed and sewn together into soft-toy-like sculptures. This process of transformation and distortion reflects not only how content online is constantly being remixed and re-appropriated, but also the idea of misinterpretation and untruth online.
I use found texts from Reddit relationship advice forums written by people dealing with specific problems and build upon these situations through scripts and monologues. This is a similar process to the growing trend of writing Fan Fiction online, a trend that allows people to project their own experiences or fantasies onto established fictional characters.
A key influence on my writing is the melodrama found in Young Adult Fiction. By combining the desperation and longing expressed in this genre with the situations I find on Reddit, I mould the existing scenarios into my own new narratives. The combination of real life scenarios and melodramatic fiction blurs the lines of reality and fantasy, a distinction that is further blurred by the Reddit posts themselves, as there is no way to know if they are ‘real’ to begin with.
In my work there is no separation between humans and cartoons, with animal-like characters acting as vessels to explore complicated human relationships. These characters are disarmingly cute on the surface, with the childish aesthetic providing a thin veil to mask the sinister and melancholy subtext.