For my still image project, I decided to look at ‘the uncanny’ through combining a seemingly out of place object in the every day environment of human life. I chose the skull of a Bull to represent death in every day life, as it seems to me that death is often the cost for many humans to live their day-to-day lives. This is also a reality that we often separate ourselves from, making the presence of death in a day-to-day environment seem uncanny.
The individual never interacts with the skull, they are either unaware, ambivalent or apathetic about it. It’s just there as death is always just there. I am hoping my piece will make the audience consider the true uncanniness of feeling separate from the cycle of life and death when it surrounds us every day. In order to achieve this, I attempted to show familiar settings in unsettling ways by having the individual never clearly identified and by experimenting with different angles, exposure and lighting in each setting.
I think my piece will receive mixed responses according to how each individual interprets the skull in familiar environments and how they perceive the cycle of life and death.