The London Underground, which opened in 1836, is the world’s oldest subway system. So it is not surprising that there are many strange tales told about ghostly sightings in the extensive networks deep beneath the surface. The space of the underground holds dark traces of times long past including mass burial graves from the black plague, stations used as shelters during bombing raids, deaths of construction workers and more recently, terrorist attacks.
As a non-place, the long, sterile and bland passageways could be anywhere. The crowd that passes through is in a ‘zombified’ state, cut off from reality via technology or mentally switched off to escape the commute.
In recent media, Professor Sarah Lauro, commented that the current rise in zombie culture is linked to a historical trend that mirrors dissatisfaction, economic unrest and a feeling of disempowerment in society.
This on-going series of works will explore the underground not only as today's ‘nowhere’ or ‘anywhere’ space of transition and alienation, but also references it as a place of historical interest, through these rich yet disturbing narratives.
View a short video about my largest painting “Trapped Within the Crowded Layers of Existence”.