Art in Heaven 2019
Shrewsbury International School, Bangkok
Do we have free will or is life just a game?
I’m very interested in questioning/finding out if we do have free will, being set free into the world. Or, if every second of our lives has consisted of us being controlled by omnipotent beings, which is portrayed in many different religions, or the idea that we’re the characters of a simulation without knowing it - like we’re seeing a different reality of what is beyond, like a hallucination or being trapped wearing rose-coloured glasses or a lens going through this world again and again by reincarnation or only having one life, and one life only.
In my artwork you can see different depictions/imagery of my topic or hints such as the devil and angel, people watching over you to track your own decisions or God’s decision. Other examples include, the rolling dice where it is purely based on fate, luck and chances, video game consoles splashed around throughout the piece. The robot and skeleton in my artwork, one side possibly represents being man-made and we are just pieces of things scrambled together to be controlled by someone, the other side shows a possibility that we are human and have our own decisions made by us and only us and that we aren't being controlled by someone else.
The cards with different religious characters/beliefs on them show many depictions/opinions of God’s figure based on religion or science from above in the clouds, with hands reaching out like the sign of control by God or either the sign of freedom to let you go and explore the world by yourself. But, the biggest thing you could notice is the pinball machine which is my point of view of life - it’s like a game where you are being controlled and the player uses tactics to handle the obstacles (problems) as if you were the metal ball or the opposite side where it’s about how the metal ball travels by itself and it’s purely based on where the ball is going to decide to go like a game of luck, tricks and chances from the player’s own decision trying to go through this game called Life by themselves. Or maybe, a game where their being controlled, being unaware while it’s happening. Until game over. But we’ll never surely know.