‘How true it was that one needed to be seen by others to be sure of one’s own existence’
For Tim Mann the Self is one of the most enduring themes in the visual arts.
When Tim works in isolation his work is generally about himself. Using his own body as a template along with different abstract counters, he uses time to record this journey.
“I celebrate myself in my work and using my own presence as an individual I am telling my story of this cathartic journey. I used the daily process of making work to acknowledge my own existence, celebrating and marking my presence in that time, with days, weeks, months or a year as a motif. My journey is about learning to go forward, and return, with a renewed sense of self – free of compliance, guilt and obligation.”
His work is not about the glory of the human form more about being human. Humans are social by nature and find meaning in relationships. In this work, his focus is on himself as an individual but also uses his relationships with those important in his life and celebrates that connection.
“Every human is unique, every spirit engaging. For me, the Spirit is more important than the physical. I believe our spirits deserves to be celebrated.”