Currently on view:
This image is a video still from the artists current installation.
This multichannel video piece represents a specific trauma from the artist’s past and their efforts to reshape its personal affect through performance and recontextualization.
Through controlled exposure and poetic transformation, trauma can be reimagined and performed as a way of validating one’s experience and helping to heal psychological wounds.
Aleister Eaves is a self-taught, multidisciplinary artist examining self-portraiture through the principles of Kintsugi. The artist utilizes intuitive process to illuminate imperfection and reveal its deeper truth, evoking an immediate visceral response that forces the viewer into engagement through submission.
Eaves enacts playfully dark explorations of gender, sexuality, violence, and death, to find unconventional comfort in physicalized states of staged (and thus controlled) cognitive dissonance—reclaiming power in the active performance of memories and involuntary “ugly” reactions to external stimuli.
Working primarily with performance, photomontage, poetry, and music, the artist often blurs lines between mediums to create multifaceted works that must be experienced with various senses and emotions simultaneously.
Eaves is perpetually piecing together contrasting fragments of a shattered world into a beautiful, macabre form while emphasizing the ability of collective experience to transcend personal obstructions and trigger catharsis through art.