Ryan McDaniel


My “Anxiety” installations begin with my own anxiety- the anxiety that makes me lose my breath, grasp for words, and feel that sudden uneasiness of an imminent event. In my paintings and installations I produce work that evokes this psychological quality in physical and environmental space. These spaces function as limits or boundaries of the physical realm. I see anxiety as a limitation, bounding me. The enclosed spaces that I either work within or represent function as limitations and confines as well. The forms I fill these spaces with are metaphorical in nature. I consume a space with a repetitive process of breathing into each paper bag, referencing an escape to anxiety through hyperventilation. Securing each bag to walls, ceilings, floors, and any other properties of the space, creating a place as I slowly envelop it. This piece constructs a surreal place that remains strangely comforting, in its scale and theatrics.


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