The work: Geoffrey Huang, This Is So Real, 2020. Digitally composited analogue photograph collage, 59.4cm x 84.1cm.
Geoffrey Huang sees his art practice as an extension of his personality. Curiosities about the human psyche and the nature of life and death come to fruition in his works. “It can be intimate, playful, funny or even a direct commentary about the world we live in,” he says. In This Is So Real, the photographic medium has been manipulated to insert unlikely props into an otherwise natural seascape setting. Shooting each individual element on 35mm analogue SLR film, Geoffrey then took to Photoshop, “to create a surrealist work that explores a key aspect of the human experience – the human mind.” Unable to experience imaginative dreams himself when asleep, the artist has devised a composite image probing the creative potential of the human subconscious. “I created a work that is a representation of the type of dream I want to be able to experience,” he says. With dreamlike absurdism, this work twangs with a longing for escapism.