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Camera Obscura of the Subconscious Mind

Joss Munson

I am a multimedia artist, I use whatever medium works best to talk about what I am trying to express in my art. These have taken the shape of video, installation, painting and drawing.
I was born in a small Suffolk town and grew up in East London. At the age of 14 I was diagnosed with a typical autism. I attended City and Islington College to study art and design. At 18 I developed schizoaffective disorder. Now in spite of all the challenges, I have been able to attend Middlesex University to study Fine Art.
My work talks about my personal life and I close chapters by creating works about particular moments in my life, that range from trauma and struggle to inside jokes and escapism. My work has been described as unusual, which I think is an unintentional yet thematic factor in my art.
My work has taken the form of short films; ambrosia was my first major film that I exhibited at my college in 2015. It explores the roles in a relationship between man and inanimate object. I play the part of someone who is in love with an inanimate mannequin. And it is going to be shown 5 years later as part of virtual exploding cinema COVIDeo extravaganza on the 6th June 2020.

They say that we are programmed to pick up and recognise faces. We see faces in things, the patterns our mind picks up that humans can process – how we can form the face out of something that isn’t. There are experiences that we cannot fully explain, have you ever seen something in the corner of your vision and looked and it wasn’t there?
The sisters of menon by Susan Hiller was a discovery that spoke to me about the role of an artist as this vehicle to channel, like the camera obscura – it is a reproduction of something that already exists.
Using an intuitive drawing style that is built around a focal point- it can be warped and deconstructed. Looking beyond these drawings, they are portals, glimpses into the realities that exist and occur around our physical perception, body, mind, spirit and the universe. I have examined closely the relationship between the eye and the mind, I believe that we can never comprehend the vastness of perception.