Evan Ye, 'Look at him in the mirror dreaming', 2021, charcoal, pastel, brush pen on paper, 150*108cm. Image courtesy: the artist.

Artist statement

My work focus on lyrical narrative, to explore the psychological aspect of the Tommy character and the historical context of the “Pinball Wizard”, indorsing ideals of love and human fellowship. I worked with charcoal blending with pastels, brush pens’ mark. Visualising Tommy’s traumatic yet hallucinated memories in an abstract way, they are symbiotic in his state of mind and his physical body, the curly lines implicate a form of connection between his consciousness and exaggerated behaviours. The appeal of abstract curly lines and decorative pattern frame the figures in communicating both a feeling of confusion and lingering aesthetics.

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Acknowledgement of Country

UNSW School of Art & Design stands on an important place of learning and exchange first occupied by the Bidjigal and Gadigal peoples.

We acknowledge the Bidjigal and Gadigal peoples as the Traditional Custodians of the land that our students and staff share, create and operate on. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and extend this respect to all First Nations peoples across Australia. Sovereignty has never been ceded.