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.
Ross was born and raised in Johannesburg. Ross attended high school in Mpumalanga at Uplands College and matriculated in 2010. After he matriculated Ross lived and worked in White River for two years, He left to travel and ended up continuing studying art in Cape town at Ruth Prowse School of Art and graduated in 2016 after ross lived and worked in Cape Town and completed an internship at Greatmore Studios and was apart of group exhibitions during this time.
Ross moved back home to Johannesburg in 2018 and volunteered at galleries and worked as an assistant for two artists since then, today Ross is working towards making art full-time.
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