made by elija

I AM A MONSTER is an exploration of misunderstood monsters, their use as narrative, and addresses the ways in which we feel different and other, by looking at our relationships with people, spaces, and ourselves.

Monsters have always been a way for us to categorize others. Through the use of photographs, the audience discovers who this monster really is, rather than just what. They are given a glimpse of his insecurities, his fears, his hopes, and his accomplishments. The true complexity of his nature is shared with the viewer, who is given permission to empathize with him, and to accept themselves and others as being a little monstrous.

I AM A MONSTER highlights our similarities by exposing them as our assumption of difference. It is an invitation to celebrate the complexities of our humanity.

The main photo series, as on display at the 2013 OCAD University Graduate Exhibition, can be found here.

My complete thesis documentation and process can be found here.

Process work for Wat can be found here.
Process work for Ro (his pet) can be found here.

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