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Rob Birch

My work has been described as visual skepticism.  I use the visual as a means of challenging received notions of truth and reality, and within the portrait genre notion of self, identity and beauty.  My work is predicated upon a knowledge that truth is reliant upon context, experience and fearlessness.  It also expresses the understanding that “Art” is not made but found.  We live in complex and complicated times, and for many these times seem fearful and full of uncertainty.   The seems to be little respite from the social and political assault from those who we would seek guidance and leadership from.  Our leaders use democracy as an exercise in nostalgia with the political imagination paralysed and its future cancelled indefinitely.  The identity project is in need of constant updating yet the effort required to make these changes precludes any change from actually taking place.  A crisis in identity ensues.  Through digital photography and collage techniques my work addresses the nature and effect of this crisis.