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Doublethink

Doublethink

Doublethink

Jacob Littlejohn

My works stem from literature, in particular dystopian novels, and focuses on the predominant themes. One of these themes is the idea of ‘reality control’ and, in particular, controlling how society perceives itself. The imagery I gathered for my work is collaged from cinema, my own photography and banal everyday imagery such as magazine clippings. By juxtaposing different images, the original images are taken out of context and forced into a new environment creating and allowing a new narrative to take place forcing the viewer to consider what the piece is communicating. By contrasting images of human intimacy with scenes of violence in humanity, it raises the question of what we find more shocking and uncomfortable to view. We are now encouraged to question what we perceive as basic human instincts; which one is more important to us and how have these two opposing ideas been almost reversed and now appear not so dystopian as they were.

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Daydream

Daydream

Motionless

Motionless