Monologue is a new series of paintings by Josh Juett. It is a visual representation of his inner monologue, an attempt to reconcile his own thoughts and become a conscious observer of the persistent ramblings of the mind.
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The paintings in Monologue contain symbolism of a quite personal nature. Some symbols are from everyday life, and some involve the use of animated pop culture, due to Juett’s strong relationship to the medium, likely drawn from a place of nostalgic comfort.
Monologue explores the space between ignorance and comprehension. The viewer must naturally come to their own conclusions and draw their own distinctions regarding what it is like to analyze the subconscious mind.
The series looks at human experience in a way that attempts to be both cathartic and meditative. Much of Juett’s work is manifested by means quite similar to meditation, whereby one enters into the practice with the intent of self-inquiry. For Juett, it is about confidently and honestly allowing oneself to speak one’s truth in a way that gives space to explore thoughts in a nonjudgmental way.
The idea of creating introspective work spawned from a period in Juett’s life in which he wanted to begin probing his inner psyche. He wanted to create work about the one thing he could be sure of, and the one position he could confidently speak from: his own experience.
The work is quirky, strange and weirdly specific. It talks of things from both Juett’s experience and the universal experience of existing as a conscious being.