Yesterday was a productive day – I finished a piece or art I’ve been working on for a couple of weeks. It’s called “Human, all too human.”
I’ve been thinking about the idea of hope, so this piece is based around that idea. It’s about the way that we regularly place hope in a human being to sort out society, only to eventually realise that our hopes were misplaced. I deliberately referenced Shepard Fairey’s Obama “Hope” Poster, which I think is one of the most iconic images to do with hope. I was shocked how quickly opinions about Obama changed, and I wanted to explore that – how our objects of hope so quickly become the targets of our frustration and anger.
Strangely, the iconic image seems to jar when you import British politics into it – maybe we set out with an expectation that our politicians will let us down?
The piece is called “Human, all too human.” It shares a title with a book by Frierdich Neitzche. In it he says, “In reality, hope is the worst of all evils, because it prolongs man’s torments.” When we put our hope in the wrong place, we’ll be trapped in a cycle of misplaced hope and disappointment.