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Liam Hart's practice questions the idea of the ego, calling on visual culture symbols to study one’s own identity in relation to others. Bright colours and bold projections are seen throughout acting as a magnet gently pulling each viewer in to explore the darker sides to their identity that they may sometimes refrain from acknowledging. This intention also acts as a bridge connecting where these learnt behaviours may arise from, whilst also, making commentary on how those very habits are potentially celebrated throughout society.  


Like the portrayal of a balloon, the work seeks to encourage the audience to question what inflates their own behaviour, what are we holding onto that's holding us back, and finally, what should we let go of? In this review, symbols such as celebration, inflated objects, emojis, confetti, glitter, etc, are visual cues that run throughout. To compliment potential common behaviours felt amongst all, the canvas is deliberately exposed within each of the works to act as breathing spaces for the viewer to fill in based upon their own lived experiences. The intention behind this is to allow each viewer irrelevant of nationality, gender, race, and religion to explore common threads of similarities to others as opposed to differences that separate us. In the wider context of all these ideas, Liam’s practice explores the perception of what is meant by ‘growth’, in the sense of self, analysing how that term is understood and approached differently by others. Growth in this regard is concerned with enlargement of the personality via more natural means rather than through egotistical inflation.

Overall, the work seeks to contrast the idea of inflation and unnecessary attachments to the consideration of natural growth and transformation. It does this by reflecting upon socially popular attitudes in a less than favourable light, in the hope that viewers will relate to and consequently question those stances. His work connects the sociological with the psychological, inviting the viewer to explore the shadow part of themselves.

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