People Are Oysters is a show made under the weight of social and institutional structures. It deals with the feelings of otherness and a frustration with humans, but it also allows a glimmer of hope.
Throughout my practice the notion of myth creation has played a significant role. When speaking of mythologies references to their more archaic meanings arise, allusions to religion or spiritual custom are inevitable. Whilst these associations do spill over into my practice, the body of work created under this thematic begins to initiate a mythology of its own.
This feeling of otherness in my work is played out through a repetitive character who bears visual similarities to Disney’s Mickey Mouse. This character, who I prefer to call Miki, is a manifestation of existential disorder and chaos. Miki is always in a state of information overload, Miki feels confused, but Miki is trying. Miki is the embodiment of realisation in the face of overwhelming challenges and contradictions.
LM Salling (b. 1989) is a Danish artist living and working in Helsinki. People are Oysters is Salling’s MFA thesis show.