בצבע אחד חלומות שינה בזעם ( construction of a golem ) 100cm x 107cm charcoal/graphite on 300gsm snowdon cartridge
(‘by carving into the paper in a particular way, one can feel the power and the magic and the luck. The face is a mirror of the soul - for better or worse. Portraiture is my way of understanding and encapsulating the ongoing museum of human experience, to show who we really are, body and spirit’.)
You could say that Douglas Mcdougall is a geographer of the human face and psyche. Charcoal-driven perceived notions bound to phrenological psychoanalytical surrealism is the method in which he records the life into his chosen subjects. In his most recent series ‘A New God’, Theo (the bearded one) plays the Devil’s advocate out to confront new age society’s ails. Like the anthropomorphic being Golem (from Jewish folklore), or modern day Frankenstein, he is mobilised, pushed out into the forum to confront the only God in man that can lead us through the ever perpetuating paradigm of life. Inside and outside of who we are, what we achieve and what we do to one another as a the primary species. The mark of man’s ‘ego’ has always set the terms, ploughed the patterns of education, construction of life and contradictory deconstruction within the human evolutionary pathways. Is it not wisdom, imagination and willpower that is the only true God, and everything else is just that; everything else…
You are your new God.