The multiverse (or meta-universe) is the hypothetical set of possible universes, including the universe in which we live. Together, these universes comprise everything that exists: the entirety of space, time, matter, energy, and the physical and psychical laws and constants that describe them.
The various universes within the multiverse are called "parallel universes", "other universes" or
"In reality, however, every ego, so far from being a unity is in the highest degree a manifold world, a constellated heaven, a chaos of forms, of states and stages, of inheritances and potentialities." Hermann Hesse , SteppenWolf
collage digitally composed by low-resolution images of classical paintings and other images randomly collected from the internet.
animated video image projection.
Inspiration comes in many forms and indeed through various sources none of which, as I am consistently reminded through my work, are entirely synchronic nor operate within a vacuum. The very nature of daily global and biopolitical narratives, which form the fabric of our consciousness is in a sense revisitation of ‘past’ wounds and glories set to contemporary melodies/cacophonies. These evolutionary overlaps, which articulate the multifaceted nature of the human condition and our socio-cultural relations, have enthralled me to the point of deep fascination generating a will to construct works that act as grounds for hope and optimism. This meta-narrative, which ripples throughout these captivating projects, has come about by exploring these synergies within different mediums over time. As the following overview makes clear, the journey of residual effects is ongoing and evolutionary gaining momentum through the provocation of unchartered frontiers.
In the series entitled ‘Multiverse,” I have sought to explore the concept of the universe as an expanse comprised of multiverses, in which all lived activity and experience converge in a way that defies the laws of time and space. Taking this intellectual provocation as a point of departure, each piece articulates the idea that cultural, social and political anthropology exists and develops within evolutionary multiverses throughout history. The works compress this organic oeuvre by focussing on its cellular arrangement depicted through a collage of fragments taken from images that have dominated a community of thought during various epochs throughout history. This visual praxis celebrates the complex and fruitful dynamism of multiverses as a continuation of ideas that resonate across time, whilst offering an insight into how the fabric of identity is constructed as a meta-narrative of the schism between belonging and alienation, attachment and detachment. The resulting representations are in as such cultural products that unify anxieties surrounding postmodern concepts of identity in a bid to isolate the essence of a seemingly simpler story; that we belong to no one and everyone simultaneously within a liminal multiverse.
The significance of this essence and landscape lies in its narrativization of what we can call ‘true reality: an ongoing collection of individual realities that interact and shape each other. As Carl Yung said: “The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.” Multiverses are thus streams of malleable energy flow, influenced by all such interactions, bound in this case by the cognitive and emotional interaction between creator and observer. A defining [hi]story within a single word or picture, is thus rendered an impossible and unfeasible undertaking. There is no fixed human nature/reality; like it or not we are all cross-breeds and our minds and actions reflect personal realities. Furthermore, no matter what our origins, our human DNA is constantly evolving due to environmental, technological, cultural, political, economic, emotional and personal circumstances. Identity and reality are neither maintained nor achieved through a single intrinsic or extrinsic definition, as our cellular transcript is diachronic, not static. Everything is a unique combination of everything; an important reminder during these turbulent times of shifting nations and mass migration. We are many and we are one.