Ben Moreau

For over a decade I was primarily concerned with self-portraiture as a vehicle not only for personal reflection, but as an exploration into the human condition. With subtle nods to art history, awkward or unusual cropping and compositions were showcased, with an emphasis on a blank, empty space. Removed from the context of a narrative the images utilize humor and self-deprecation as defense mechanisms to ultimately conceal specific issues of awkwardness, loneliness, insecurity, the fear of failure, and social anxieties and pressures. Much of my work acts dually as a form of self-mockery and as the ultimate shield against the fragility of existence. Ultimately, it is a chronicle of an individual struggle and adaptation to external forces beyond its control.
Recent projects have utilized these ideas as a springboard in order to exhaust the possibilities of prescribed, rigid concepts. My work no longer uses my likeness directly, but I have come to realize my work is still self-portraiture. It is more directly influenced by an ever-increasing sense of my own mortality, my role as a husband and father, economic pressures, and an omnipresent sense of failure.