James Shipp

Broke Series


The goal of my practice is to generate a larger set of questions, while using myself as an allegorical figure within video-mediated performances. By playing the role of many people, I wish to highlight and question certain aspects of our society. I question labour and pain as parts of the economy, exploring the large quantity of pain owing to our labour in contrast to the minimal payment for that same labour. I am also trying to question the definition of labour in general. My art reflects upon our daily lives, as an active expression of emotion, a physical act of emotional pain. It is an individual manifestation of an external societal framework that is ongoing. These actions sometimes have literal meanings as well as speaking toward larger themes.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons)

Fine Arts


Block 2
Level E

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