'A Conscious Effort' / Joseph Richards
Joseph Richards’ growing practice has set course down a tangent of real, fictional, conscious, lucid and unconscious thoughts. These works, while being fully rendered and individual, constitute the central theme of a mental filtration process. The constant bombardment of content from social, artistic and cultural sources becomes concentrated into resonant motifs amongst a sprawl of semi-conscious movements and lines. Richards’ work is not limited to 2D media as he’s able to draw upon these themes in a sculptural manner. Below is a selection of Richards’ expanding practice and a statement from the artist about his work.
Joseph Richards: I'm heavily invested into the idea of bringing my subconscious thoughts and feelings to the forefront of my mind. I generally begin a work, or 'thought boards' as I like to call them, through preliminary scribbling, eventually building on the unconscious scrawl through conscious additions to the work, dimensions, shading, weight etc. My drawings, paintings and sculptures don't appeal to me as standalone pieces, but more often than not, schematics to a greater and much larger work, the 'One'. I draw from my immediate environment, what I see, what I do, slightly underwhelming I know, but to me I feel there is an ignored essence to the everyday, the things we take for granted. My works are deceitful, often disguised through lack of material diversity, sharpies, printer paper, and children’s colouring pens, whatever I can find really. I don't like spending money, and use whatever I can get my hands on to make things, I don't like fancy materials. I reference quite a lot of popular culture, often to reveal the absurdity of what I'm critiquing, but honestly still consume the content regardless of being self aware. AI, social credit/currency, etc. are all areas that my work references/critiques.
You can find more of Joseph’s work on Instagram @john__you_