I explore alienation — and how it transforms us — through the visual language of cartooning. There is an interest in the drawings to portray grotesque, human-like characters, often making pleas for connection but failing to do so. They have lost their humanity and have devolved into cartoons, where said-pleas can hardly be taken seriously. In a world of all talkers and no listeners, these performative figures are caricature-esque, resembling more a twisted, pop culture doppelgänger version with our broadest anti-social tendencies. They are as repulsed by others as they are attracted to them. The pastel finger wipes littering the images represent this dynamic, functioning as both a literal hand reaching out for connection, as well as that hand wiping itself clean of it. Yet, as often as the drawings remind us how repugnant these characters and their narratives are, there remains a sincerity and humanity to them. This is demonstrated through the materiality of the work. Despite their monstrousness, they have needs as human as our own that I am consistently attracted to. I see them in everybody, humanity’s worst tendencies brought out in full through their alienation.
Gabor Bata is a Montreal-based artist. He graduated from Illustration & Design at Dawson College in 2015 and studied a year in Concordia’s Film Animation program. He then transitioned fully into Studio Arts, graduating with a BFA in 2019. Along with his interest in film, all of these experiences continue to impact his work, drawing from animation, comics and design to inform his creative approach.