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States Of Mind

The ‘State of Mind’ series began as a symbolic and very real exploration of Ronaldo’s brother’s journey with his mental health. He has a very vibrant, colourful yet ever changing personality which at times comes with struggle, and like many around the world, has periods of feeling low and depressed.

As he began experimentation for this project, Ronaldo began to think about how each of us go through multiple emotions and states of mind throughout each day. Our moods can subconsciously change just as much as someone with mental health disorders. The facial sculptures themselves are a manifestation of this embodiment of humankind with the various glaze styles reflecting those different emotions and moods experienced with texture and colour.

Initially, when creating the very first facial sculpture Ronaldo decided to keep the eyes closed, representing my brother’s own lack of eye contact. Thus perhaps removing eyes from the sculpture completely would be a more accurate representation of his mental state, as eye contact is something his brother rarely gives. Furthermore, if our eyes are the true windows to our souls - if we remove them, what is left? This question is one Ronaldo believes can never truly be answered. Perhaps it is rhetorical, but it is a question that guided my process in creating the sculptures.

The very subject matter of the series is naturally extremely personal and although at times painful it continues to inspire my artistic practice. He hopes to engage the viewer and shed some light on not only his brother’s experiences but also for those who suffer similarly.

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