This was a multi-media video project meant to explore the various struggles one with anxiety may face going through an average day. I struggled immensely with finding purpose in my art because of my depression and the sizeable foreboding wall it had over me. So I decided to channel this into a 4d experience.
My project is in collaboration with the poem written by fellow artist Maura O'Connor. Describing the building of anxiety and fear one may feel off the unknown, the video compounds upon the poem's layered meaning. How outside stimuli, environment, and social situations can cause spikes in stress, and how people and experiences may add to this. These ideas were expressed using harsh lighting and environmental shadows to mimic the paranoia and tunnel vision one feels along with the aggressive mindset prevalent during anxiety attacks. In addition, I utilized extreme close-ups and still videos to reduce distraction, bring focus to the text and create a sense of static that one gets after not leaving a confined space for a while, as the stir-crazy starts to build.
Poetry is written by Maura O'Connor http://mauraocconnor.com/