EMILY TROWELL  ©  2019

WE AS HUMANS OFTEN SEARCH FOR A GREATER WORLD TO INHABIT FOR LENGTHS OF OUR LIVES, WHETHER THIS BECOMES THE WORLDS CREATED FOR HOLLYWOOD CINEMA, THE NOVELS WE SPEND WEEKS READING OR THE VIDEO GAMES WE EXPLORE; WE ARE INTERESTED IN BEING TRANSPORTED INTO ANOTHER WORLD TO EXPERIENCE FOR VARYING LENGTHS OF TIME. MY ARTISTIC PRACTICE IS CENTRED AROUND OUR DESIRES FOR ESCAPISM AND THE APPEAL OF ANOTHER EXISTENCE CONTRARY TO OUR OWN. IT ROUTES ITSELF FROM MY APPRECIATION OF VIDEO GAMES AND ART, THEREFORE TRANSFORMING INTO A HYBRID OF BOTH.

 

I CREATE MY OWN VIRTUAL WORLDS, OFTEN WITHIN PREEXISTING GAME PLATFORMS, MODIFYING THEM AND INVESTIGATING THE ROLE OF EXPLORATION AND DISCOVERY WHILST INHABITING THESE VIRTUAL WORLDS. ALONGSIDE THE DEVELOPMENT OF CREATING VIRTUAL WORLDS, I OFTEN ESTABLISH LARGE IMMERSIVE INSTALLATIONS THAT ENGULF EXTENSIVE SPACES, TRANSPORTING PARTICIPANTS INTO A WORLD THAT REFLECTS THE LINE BETWEEN REAL AND VIRTUAL SPACES. THE PERSONAL CONNECTION THAT WE ARE ABLE TO DEVELOP WITH A WORLD THAT IS NOT A PART OF OUR REALITY FASCINATES ME, OFTEN BECOMING THE MOTIVE BEHIND MY IMMERSIVE INSTALLATIONS; AS BEING ABLE TO TRANSPORT A PARTICIPANT’S CONSCIOUSNESS INTO ANOTHER WORLD AND SUBSEQUENTLY HAVING THEM BECOME SO IMMERSED IN THAT WORLD, THAT THEY TEMPORARILY FORGET THEIR CURRENT SURROUNDINGS IS A PREEMINENT PROSPECT OF ESCAPISM THAT I AM DETERMINED TO CONSTRUCT.​