Hell – Kailum Graves

24 November, 2021

Post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder commonly occur in people with a history of trauma. For me, this manifested as an urge to pray five times (representing me), 6 times (the devil’s number), and then 7 times (God’s number) in a row before I could fall asleep. If I didn’t, the outcome was certain death and hell. To represent this, I disrupted, manipulated, and reimagined Hieronymus Bosch’s painting Hell (1490) using the numbers 5, 6, and 7 in the code. The work is an attempt to create a performance piece of the agonising process of my ritualised and repetitive behaviours. It is an attempt to move the numbers and sequence from a torturous process to a creative one.

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