Robert Waters – STATEMENT
My practice is a study of our ongoing evolution in post-industrial society, focusing on changing social structures and epistemological development to examine the process of human domestication. My work explores biological imperatives and our desire to transcend them, concentrating on perceived divisions of body and mind, and ideas of control and freedom. Created using a range of materials and methodologies, my projects investigate themes of male sexuality, violence, health and mortality to demonstrate our conflicted connections with nature.
As my investigation focuses on the physical human body in relation to thought and action, my artworks in turn emphasize a connection of formal and conceptual relationships. My projects incorporate common, ephemeral materials that specifically reference their visual content or thematic context. In addition to using materials with known connotations, the alteration of appropriated objects and images is a common aspect of my methodology. Recently I have been engaging with specific demographics in the creation and execution of socially engaged projects.
Confronting personal and societal themes, my projects embody political motives in defence of individuality and social equality. In presenting the human body as the source of political action I aim to provoke a questioning of self-knowledge and social control. On physical and conceptual levels my work uses change to demonstrate instability and exemplify transformation. I believe it is important to understand that change is not only inevitable but essential to our existence and survival.