This series speaks to social constructs and how mass media influences desires, opinions and norms. We become prey to strange social standards and etiquette which have become so deeply ingrained in our culture that we follow them blindly. This series deals with materialism, consumerism and advertising. I aim to create paintings that question the ideas we can passively take as normal and as to how our society should function. We often prize items that have no depth and listen to advertising about how to value ourselves and find happiness. We idolize people in sport and film over scientists and doctors. Not everything in the world is as it seems. There is a veil of distraction that is meant to hold our attention and keep us “normalized”. Trompe l’ oeil translates literally to “deceives the eye”. This work is meant to trick the eye just as advertising is meant to trick the mind. Question everything. Change your world to suit you, don’t change yourself to suit the world.

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