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Henry McCoy

The Scots College

Artwork title
Beyond the sublime
HSC year
2009
ARTEXPRESS year
2010
Expressive form
Time-based forms
Artist’s statement

Inspired by the surrealists and the political controversy surrounding the censorship of Bill Henson’s photography in 2008, my film explores the impact of censorship upon the imagination of contemporary artists. By appropriating René Magritte’s work, the film explores how the surrealists attempted to re-interpret reality through the transcendence of their dreams. We follow a young man wandering through the surreal world of his unconscious mind, while his thoughts are being censored by the regulators of society, symbolising the artistic desire to deny boundaries placed upon it by society’s cultural and political institutions.

Note: As a result of copyright problems, this work has been modified by replacing the soundtrack.