My work explores the anxiety that comes with being in a body. I use the deformation and transformation of the figure as a means of facilitating an empathetic state. My figures are in a cold war with their own bodies, which constantly threatens to boil over into outright conflict. Permanently shifting and liminal, they are in a struggle to maintain a semblance of their agency. They occupy an unsure psychological space which fluctuates between humor, horror, and pity. We identify with them, but we aren’t quite sure how we can help them.
My body of work also deals with the questions of interiority that come with being a public body. How do others perceive us? How should we perceive them? Can someone else have a context for our troubles? My figures are in a struggle to communicate their state to others, never finding the words to speak. Their bodies awkwardly probe and feel, but they can’t truly understand what the other is going through. Through investigating the empathetic disconnect that comes with viewing another’s body, my work reframes body horror as a failure to communicate.
Brandon Geurts was born in Dayton, Ohio and currently resides in Washington, D.C. He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts at the University of Central Florida in 2013, and received his Masters of Fine Arts at the University of South Florida in 2017.