My work explores the anxiety of being in a body. Through the deformation and transformation of the human figure, I construct ambiguous narratives which ask questions about how we relate to our bodies. The figures in my work are confronted by a conflict: their bodies have begun to reshape themselves and are acting as their own independent entity, separate from the mind. How each figure deals with this conflict reveals something about their interior state. Some are in a cold war with their bodies, threatening to fall apart at any moment. Others take their changing form in stride, trying to push the limits of their flesh or fashioning crude mechanisms for self-defense.
By letting these narratives unfold, we establish an empathetic relationship with these characters and ask questions about ourselves. Through viewing, we are presented with the questions of interiority which inevitably come with being a body in public. How do we modify our own bodies to impress or repel others? Why do we see other bodies as an object without considering their interior state? What does a body mean when seen through different eyes?
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.