The Burnout Series, 2020

December 2019 and we had no knowledge of Coronavirus or how it would go on to become a global pandemic changing the lives of us all. The scale of the virus has, and still is, impacting on society’s physical and mental wellbeing. The term Burnout became mainstream, defined as a form of exhaustion caused by constantly feeling overwhelmed and swamped. Conversations with friends confirmed we all felt this exhaustion.

Created for Encountering a New Normal, a collective of neurodivergent artists, these portraits and arrangement aims to depict the mental strain caused by Burnout. The portraits utilised only cartridge paper and matches to repetitively burn and then scratch layers of ash until a figurative resemblance is achieved.