Drawings by John Casey
Drawings exploring the transformation of the physical body due to people's state of mind.
In my work I explore the concept of "emotional biomorphology," a phenomenon that takes place in my alternate universe where people's physical bodies transform with their emotional and psychological states of mind. Imagine if what you were feeling manifested itself physically. A person's head could disconnect and float away, or their body could grow an extra or disproportionate limb, or they could sprout flowers or multiple eyes. I see these beings as both powerful and powerless. They struggle with their odd transformation but are also somewhat at peace with it. This theme allows me to utilize one of my favorite creative approaches: a spontaneous, open-ended narrative. Mysterious, yet fertile with visual cues and references, these tall tales slowly reveal their meaning, sometimes weeks after a work is completed.