ATARAXY / DELIRIUM IN THE RESTING MIND
OLLIE ROCKET RAYMOND WILSON
Thursday 21st - Sunday 14th
︎ Press Release
Ataraxy: a lucid state of robust equanimity characterised by ongoing freedom from distress and worry.
Delirium: a serious disturbance in mental abilities that results in confused thinking and reduced awareness of the environment.
ATARAXY / DELIRIUM OF THE RESTING MIND uncovers and indulges in the turbulent state of the soul. Confronting the polarity between mental peace and tumult, the work shows flickers of rest and chaos, dramatic switching between contradicting states of mind. Both artists toil in the steadying of unsettled minds, particularly those minds that clutch to personal trauma and are gripped by angst. Their work ponders the path toward tranquillity and displays their personal efforts to become more unified with both the self and the larger setting of their existence.
Enoch Hitchcock’s work is largely focused around the belief that there is a singular conscious reality, which we experience individually with the world around us. The relationship between the visual world and our experience is what underpins his work; he believes that visual stimuli can be a powerful gateway towards moments of non dualism, and hopes to recreate experiences of unity with surroundings one might feel in moments of stillness – such as when one is surrounded by nature, or waiting for a train after a night out. Hitchcock has been focusing on trying to translate non dualistic ideas into paintings and drawings. Part of this practice is an attempt to decipher the visual language that surrounds us, searching for life in the objects he encounters.
Ollie Rocket Raymond Wilson is a London-based mixed media artist. Wilson explores his anxiety and sensory disorders through his artistic practice, which centres around neo-expressionist themes. His love of colour exploration and the written word create fast-paced, multi-layered and impulsive gestural works; Wilson’s paintings often transform with the rapid shifting of his mind, such that their vivid colours and abstracted forms carry a sense of his direct experiences. His paintings explore the often dark and uncomfortable themes of emotional and physical trauma. Unwrapping the many layers of anxiety that can be associated with such issues along with the modern young person’s ability to analyse oneself at an intimate level.