In February 2016 Arcane Sin had a nervous breakdown.
“It feels like you’re wearing a mask, as if there is some sort of filter blocking your ability to experience and express emotions, you’re not happy, you’re not sad, you’re just, numb. You want to make things better but at the very same time you don’t, you feel like you’re in some sort permanent limbo.
As things got worse my depression, anxieties and fears all started to grow and make the mask feel even heavier. It got to a point where I began to feel as if I was permanently wearing, what I can only describe, as a sort of metaphorical death mask. It was at that point on February 14th 2016 when I was at my lowest and feeling suicidal that I started doing these drawings, one drawing every day. This is something that will continue into the show itself and I’ll officially stop doing on February 14th 2017” – Arcane Sin
Known for his deeply colourful and highly complex symbolic work Sin has appeared in multiple group shows as well as being nominated for numerous awards, most recently being shortlisted for the BP Portrait Award.
In September 2016 he curated his first show Damien Frost: Nightflowers which was selected and reviewed by the Royal Academy as one of their picks for shows to see that week (2-8th September), Sin has also had two solo exhibitions, DOLLS (2012) and PRETTY (2014) both being well received and DOLLS actually having its original run extended, with DEATHMASK Sin will continue to explore his interest concerning the dialogue between the ephemeral nature of human thought and the fragile nature of human mark making, while also examining the role the ego plays in both of these.
With DEATHMASK being Sin’s most personal show to date and being a complete re-exploration and rebuilding of himself as both an individual and an artist, Sin is completely re-analysing his connection with traditional mediums and with the extensive amount of styles and techniques explored throughout the show there is continual movement between creation and destruction, between the building up of certain themes and the pulling down of them all the while reforming and re-understanding himself, his surroundings and their constantly shifting relationship.
Although DEATHMASK will be extensive in styles and techniques and expression there is one subtle theme that moves throughout the works regardless and that’s acceptance.
“This show has become I suppose my first step toward acceptance, accepting my deathmask, accepting I had a breakdown in the beginning of 2016, accepting I have depression and social anxieties and accepting what I have to do to move forward, part of which means accepting I need help.” – AS
For this show Arcane Sin is working in support of the charity CALM, the campaign against living miserably.
- In 2015, 75% of all suicides in the UK were male. Suicide is the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK (NISRA, GRO, ONS, 2015)
- Founded in 2006, the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is an award-winning charity dedicated to preventing male suicide. For more information visit thecalmzone.net.
- CALM’s helpline & webchat are open daily 5pm-midnight thecalmzone.net/get-help
- CALM is a charity registered in England and Wales (1110621) and in Scotland (SC044347)
- Contact: Rachel Stephenson, Communications Director – 07738160434 / firstname.lastname@example.org
All donations to the show will go to CALM as well as 50% of all sales.
For further information, press and media enquiries please contact Arcane Sin