Theo Ellison graduated from the Royal College of Art in London in 2017.
My work looks to dig into the relationship between human behaviour and art-making; why we create images and how we consume them. I’m looking to peel back the layers of illusion that encase this relationship to reveal certain mechanics that are unavoidable in our engagement with images.
In working to expose our vulnerability to the power of images, the work has a recurring friction that simultaneously indulges in and questions the voyeuristic aspects of visual representation, where the distinction between observation and voyeurism is no longer apparent. Using references to art history as recognisable points of contact, the line between attraction and repulsion is blurred in order to deconstruct our relationship to the image.