We have always been told that the contemporary world is dynamic, efficient, snappy and tireless. We are deluded by the idea that we have to resort to happiness and that we can only achieve it through hard work. This fixation on productivity only leads us to experience nothing but pervasive anxiety. All our positive feelings turn into fears and restlessness.
Eliza Bourner has decided to make this awareness the leitmotif of her work, to fight the neutralising trend of positive emotions and to oppose it. Photographer, visual artist, but also set designer, model and stylist, Eliza lives in London and, through images, tells her vision of the world.
Her photographs evoke feelings of emptiness and alienation, representing our hidden emotional landscapes and relationships with ourselves.
Eliza Bourner likes to create nostalgic, cinematic mise-en-scenes while highlighting the inner struggles we experience in an over-stimulated, performance-driven world.