Ascendancy of Perception

(2019)

Ascendancy of Perception examines the often unnoticed role our "media diet" plays in our development. The Shows we watch, the music we listen to, the articles we read, and the accounts we follow, all inform our worldview in some capacity. I believe the phrase "you are what you eat" can be taken further and reimagined as "you are what you consume".
Through the course of the 20th and 21st-century media forms such as television and radio "programming" have played a crucial role in shaping society. Major news networks and social media entities finely tune and curate shared information that often supports a predetermined narrative. As a result, limited and sometimes misleading perspectives develop amongst the consumer. This becomes increasingly apparent when considering topics such as race and politics.
In my experience, I've consumed different forms of media without considering how the information I was receiving affected my subconscious. I refer to this as blind consumption, which can have detrimental effects on our wellbeing by creating feelings of anxiety, depression, and limiting perspectives. My work aims to make the viewer more aware of their consumption habits in order to critique these larger systems of control and broaden the scope of representation.