Aaron Tonks

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Starting point, February 2013 I am trying to expand on a project that coincides with and seems to touch on ‘agoraphobia’. So I am uploading my sketchbook pages to give some background to my current thoughts.

I apologize for the continuously rotating format.

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TheShip (click image to play .gif)

As you can see, I am enjoying the process and (basically) just playing with the media, telescope and miniature ships.

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Almost ready to go. Waiting for some extra parts to be delivered.

Some thoughts… There are certain objects that, to my eye, carry with them notions beyond those that are directly connected to the thing itself.

Sailing boats are one of these objects. As well as their usual purpose as a functional floating machine, they can, as a metaphor, represent travel, adventure, space and fear. Fear is tangible when one can imagine the sense of loneliness and isolation in the face of potential destruction at the whim of Mother Nature. In contrast, it could also represent a cocoon of safety, a little bubble of life and safety amongst the terrifying vastness of the oceans.

A flying boat, for some reason that I have yet to completely fathom, seems to represent the dream of travel and adventure. It becomes a vessel in which nostalgic memories or representations in films and books seem to inform our (my) feelings and relay a sort of sadness, but in the face of something quite optimistic. Maybe a wish in ones minds eye to be an adventurer, to be brave, to escape [a life in which one can feel trapped].

I felt that these ideas have some resonance with agoraphobia and from that point the work pretty much made itself, all I had to do [as a creative] was put it together, as you see it today, in a way that enhanced and framed the notions of the exhibition title.

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“Ghost Ship”

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