Where do I come From? Who am I? Where am I Going?
Acrylic and Charcoal on Canvas
This painting is an existential exploration into the Human Condition in the contemporary context. The format of the work is inspired by Paul Gaugin’s Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?, investigating the notions of identity and meaning by journeying through the stages of the cycle of (human) life.
In line with the rise of individualism and 'I' culture, the subject in the painting's title reflects the shift from the collective and communual to the individual and personal. Appropriated to a contemporary context, the mystical and peaceful ambience of Gaugin’s work is transformed into a ominous and feverish scene with apocalyptic undertones, with embedded references to popular culture, consumerism, new media and technology.