The Myth of Progress by Jeremy Blincoe
The photographic artist Jeremy Blincoe is a visual storyteller. His purpose is not to reflect the world we see around us, but to explore the interior world of the mind. The mind of the individual, but also the mind of the community, the shared imagination of the group. Like peeling the layers of skin from an onion, it is a slow process of gradual steps as he digs deeper into these imaginative psychological spaces. While his images often spring from the personal, they seek, though the process of becoming artworks, to be reformed in a mythic visual language that may be shared by others.
If these are myths, in that they use narrative to describe possible ways of thinking about the world, they are not fables or parables; they do not have a simple moral lesson they seek to impart. Each visual story remains open, inviting viewers to journey into the mythic space and find, perhaps, their own personal answers or empathic resonance.
Text by Dr Alasdair Foster, first published in ‘Jeremy Blincoe: The Honest Mythmaker’, Photoworld, Vol 431, November 2017
New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based artist Jeremy Blincoe studied photography at Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand and began his career in photography working in commercial advertising. He transitioned to his creative art practice when he moved to Australia in 2008. Blincoe was the winner of the Brisbane Art Prize, 2017; Fisher’s Ghost Photography Award, 2017; M Collection Award, 2016; Kaipara Wallace Arts Trust Award, 2016; and the Perth Centre for Photography Emerging Artist Award, 2011.