I am interested in how art exists and operates outside of consciousness. Humanity’s perception of reality is an illusion, so I make artwork to liberate the subconscious and reveal true human nature. I use abstracted figuration, ritualistic soundscapes, and performance as a psychological investigation of sex, death, spirituality, and madness, often conveying these themes’ respective as well as coinciding roles in historical and fictitious narratives. I frequently re-imagine and merge a diversity of preexisting spiritual iconography and doctrine. I consider ‘belief’ to be a tool, but I discourage governing doctrines of conformity, only altering and applying the values that I find essential. Although I continually employ preconceived ideologies and narratives, my process is instinctive and therefore self-representational. I resort to art as a means of self-exploration.
Born in 1998, Keeyan Haack received a BFA in Painting at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He lives and works in Chicago.