(Image: Justin Hoyt, Crown of the Fallen - Crown of the Everlasting, 2012 ; © Justin Hoyt)
Justin Hoyt (b. 1981, Grand Rapids, MI, USA)
Most of my art since high school has revolved around the belief and personal philosophy concerning my own inner demons. In one sense it can be equated to Carl Jung's 'shadow;' a philosophy that incorporates both science and a personal religious faith. I believe just as Jung did that the best situation for troubled individuals is a healthy balance between the internal good and bad, the light and the dark. In doing so, I believe it's possible to see the true forms of reality according to Plato, that which actually exists inside of our own psyche/soul. What is produced from my artwork are mere copies of what I see to be the true shape of my own soul. It is my ambition to ascend higher and higher (or deeper) into my own psyche to attain these undeniable truths, and thus, attain a balance that endows me with the innate capabilities to guide other poor souls out of the bondage of their own darkness and into the light of freedom and control. One method of revealing these truths is by the labor-intensive (re)production of the personal items that were once used by my inner demons in their past lives. These items will include everything from personal ornaments/jewelry, utensils, clothes, to weapons of torture. In doing so, I get to express their wants and desires through artistic creation, and as a byproduct I become more aware of their strengths and weaknesses; giving me a chance to obtain that healthy balance I yearn for.
Justin Hoyt was chosen as a Juried Winner in Round #7 of the 2013 ArtSlant Showcase Series.
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