Chris draws things, writes stuff, sings about vegetables and
makes shrimp videos. He spent his years of unemployment
between two degrees creating Disappointman, a superhero
who battles his own anxiety. Disappointman found a home on
the charity CALM’s (Campaign Against Living Miserably) website
and now runs drawing workshops, helping others to create their own
mental health related superheroes. He has facilitated these at
The National Army Museum, The Royal College of Psychiatrists and
Kew Palace, as well as talking and singing about things at the
Southbank Centre and Green Man Festival. His song about mashed
potato was inexplicably played on BBC 6 Music.
Chris has made pan fried existential crisis, with an anxious fondant,
failure three ways, pickled ennui, and a disappointing smear.
My practice explores existential crises, language and social structures
through the mediums of performance, film, text and drawing.
My methods and processes involve utilising pop culture and
the tropes of particular phenomena, such as boy bands and cookery
programmes to play around with and critique the structures that propose
to provide meaning in the world.
If one were to give my practice a quick stir, certain flavours would rise
to the surface: sculptural cartoon heads, surreal pop music videos,
job ads for strange roles, funding applications for non-existent
broadway musicals about vegetables, and existential marine organisms.
The limits of the characters I adopt, seen through their inability to fully commit
to particular traits that would usually be associated with that
character (a fish man that can’t swim, for example), the rudimentary and
somewhat shoddy nature of the costumes and props, and my own inability to
successfully produce a three-way vocal harmony, all work together to present
the search for meaning, and the failure therewith.
Humour is very much at the centre of this. Through presenting these
absurd situations, it allows me to undermine the real issues they
represent and further uncover the inherent absurdity within everyday life.