Ross Culverwell

I created a series of charcoal and lead drawings exploring social anxiety. During the pandemic, I reveled in the reclusive aspect of my life without thinking about the negative aspects and growing anxiety within all of us. Being confined with people reveals a new perspective of social interactions. The personas we create to survive outside become glaringly obvious when they don’t apply in the same way at home or wherever we've been confined to. Life starts to present itself as a dark pantomime. This has made my social anxiety impossible to ignore — while at the same time I submitted to it without hesitation. The fear shows itself in the masks we wear and the characters we play. I went through my collection of photographs throughout my life. I wanted to reimagine and explore how I felt during those moments and maybe how the people in the photographs felt about me by drawing them — using charcoal, allowing the characters in the play to present themselves.

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Ross Culverwell

My work attempts to explore a visual language through video. The videos I make express something I am dealing with personally, an internal struggle of some kind that cant be expressed through words or a single image.

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