February 1, 2019

Should art be used as an act of therapy or emotional release?

Matthew Dunsmore

On the run up to making this piece I felt so angry about life. So many things in my existence were causing me pain and anguish. Stress from juggling a part time job and university caused me to feel myself slowly sinking further and further away into a dark pit. I began to feel less and less like myself. I would always say “you’ve got to drown to learn to swim”, believing that through the torment will come some form of enlightenment or way out. Yet, nothing came.

I began making Finite Absolutes as a way to try and get over this dip in my life. If I’m honest, at the time I didn’t know why I was making the film as it is so unlike anything I have ever made before. In hindsight, I now realise I was using it as some sort of release. The film represents the battle between warring thoughts and feelings, and tries to capture the uncertainty that a person experiences when facing inner turmoil. I believe it is so important to release these feelings in any sort of way and that escapism is essential in life, I will take this lesson to the grave.


Finite Absolutes