When you take “persona” into the realm of performance, how far can you push it before the lines are blurred between where the criticality ends and the true ego begins? KRPSY is a character, persona, legend, and a myth, portrayed by a boy who uses a façade to express his inner most feelings. In many ways, KRPSY is a representation of the typical stereotypes of the classic 21st century child, labeled by the tropes of “millennialism,” defined by narcissism and their social media obsession, but also moody, sentimental, and riddled with anxiety and depression. Through this persona I express my genuine interests, non-informed by academia, but rather as a starry-eyed “sadboy” obsessed with the notion of fame and celebrity. In some ways KRPSY is much less an artistic endeavour and more so socialite, a figure who appears in the public sphere momentarily to steal the limelight then disappears as abruptly as he arrived.
Similar to his predecessors like Warhol and Yung Jake, KRPSY comes with an aura of ignorance and aloofness but executes his art with a precisely formulated nonchalance and spontaneity that makes the viewer wonder if the boy is a creating critical commentary on the notions of celebristism and consumer culture or simply boasting it, the point being; why not both? The persona exists as a testament to anti-artistic values and zeroing in on the Internet phrase “doing it for the flex.” KRPSY is simply an ordinary kid trying to escape being ordinary by embracing the ordinary and owning it in the artistic sphere, rejecting the intellectually “fake-deep” critically theoretical tendencies of socially conscious artists and donning the persona of an arrogantly rebellious kid obsessed with clout rap and face-tattoos, glorifying codeine self-medication references and monetary success, leaving whatever traces of criticality of such subculture in the subtext up to the viewer to decipher, if it even exists at all.
Working with a diverse range of mediums, I use the persona to express the thoughts and emotions relevant to myself and my particular interests any way I can; through fashion, two-dimensional and three-dimensional installation works, as well as photography and writing. However fake the persona may be, the emotions and intent behind the work are very real. The persona is a catalyst to my vulnerability by deploying a proxy between me and the real world, enabling the voice of my true self to resonate uninhibitedly.
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