I created this sculpture while I was student of Ronald Gonzales at Binghamton University (http://ronaldgonzalez.com).
Thanks for him and his class, I discover my passion of doing sculptures as a hobby.
Do you feel suspicious? Or do you sense that other people want to do you harm? We are, in some degree, paranoid.
Our perception makes us change our actions in response to what surround us, to what we perceive as personally threatening. We chronically think that others are lying or cheating us in some way or another. We cannot confide ourselves to others for fear of being betrayed. Comments or events are misinterpreted as personally threatening. Insulting us, making us have long-term grudges against others. We see others actions and/or words as a direct attack in some way or another, therefore we counterattack. We think that the whole world is pitted against us. We suffer of hallucinations, fictional scenarios build inside our mind that lack of contact with reality. We take extreme actions which are completely out of proportion to what is really going on. Not only paranoia affect us, but also we make sure that it affects those who surround us.
This sculpture is made of plaster. The main colors are black and white. Inspired by the comic “Sin City” by Frank Miller, the eyes were colored. Each pair of eyes are pointing to different directions, left, right, up and stray providing a feeling of searching for something. Black is used to provide a shadow and also to make the effect that each head goes further out.
This sculpture is a mirror. This is a reflection of that part of us that make us nuts. This is a way to say, STOP! Life is not a soup opera. Real life is not a distorted version of what is shows on TV, but TV is a distorted way to show reality. We cannot seclude ourselves to fear. We have to use fear and not being used by it. Fear is paranoid and paranoid is fear.
Alejandro G. Carlstein Ramos Mejia