A short film by Roon Sharma on how I’m trying to harness my platform to promote diversity and inspire the next generation.
A huge thanks to Roon for producing this film and the new Matthews Yard art hub in West Croydon for letting us film there. You can see more of my work on display and even purchase a piece when they re-open on the 26th August.
‘The First People’ has just popped up on Park Street in Croydon opposite The Slug & lettuce.
Mixed media collage With spray paint, 24K Gold leaf, acrylic, ink & dollars (not real).
“I was born upon the prairie, where the wind blew free, and there was nothing to break the light of the sun. I was born where there were no enclosures, and where everything drew a free breath…I know every stream and every wood between the Rio Grande and the Arkansas. I have hunted over that country. I lived like my fathers before me, and like them, I lived happily.”
Process of creating the original canvas.
Mixed media collage With spray paint, 24K Gold leaf, acrylic, ink & real American dollars.
If “Joker” can use the main character’s mental illness as a way of humanising him, and clearly establishes that his path to villainy is in no way connected to that illness, then it could ultimately play a positive role in our culture.
At the same time, even if “Joker” does plan on making Phoenix’s character sympathetic in his mental illness, it will be difficult to avoid at least sub-textually linking that illness to violence when the man who becomes one of the most infamous villains is branded that way. The danger being influential films like this leads to real-life stigmas that affect people with mental illness — and it’s one that really, really needs to go away.
Did you know some of the Dark Knight films were filmed Croydon?
Mixed Media Collage on canvas, spray paint, acrylic & ink NOW SOLD