Charcoal on Paper
Knockcroghery, Roscommon, Ireland
This large-scale drawing discusses the duality between our physical and digital lives. It unpacks a fragment of the digital family. Below is the image on which this drawing is based on. Think about an ‘every day in 2020. Long November evening. A family of 5 is at home. The television is on just to avoid the quietness of the evening. This murmurs the background. Nobody is watching it. The father is cooking. While doing so his phone is beside him. He is watching the highlights of the latest game. He already had seen it, but it’s always nice to reminisce. The mother is working. She is bent over her laptop and from time to time takes a break to respond to the ever-flowing WhatsApp messages. The smaller kids were playing for a while. They are exhausted now. They are watching their own program in a separate room. This program is full of colors; it is clear for younger audiences. They are latently staring at the big colorful screen. The older child is in his room. He is not a lot interested in the kid’s programs. He is way too old for them. He is already 14. He would rather talk to his friends. But this is limited by his parents in a desperate effort to control internet use. So he is just playing on his PS4. The game is active the characters are fighting or something. He only has an hour left so he is trying to block the whole world out before it's time to eat.
Typical evening. Nothing new, nothing shocking, nothing out of the ordinary. But if we watch carefully, if we look at the participants we can see that all the life they are living during this evening is taking place in another world. Separate from reality. Their bodies are present, but their mind…. Their mind had escaped.