Interior Profile is series of prototype wallpaper designs and accompanying video pieces which examine how, through chemsex subculture, the boundaries between the self and the other are drawn and redrawn. Presented as a recently deserted apartment, one wall is covered in the wallpaper designs whilst discarded smartphones, tablets and TVs relay the video pieces.
In both the decorative wallpaper and the videos, patterns are created using anonymous profile pictures from digital platforms that facilitate sexual encounters for men. These source images contain bodies purposely presented for sexual consumption as well as unintended glimpses of the interior spaces these bodies call home.
Each individual source image is reworked in a multitude of ways, emphasising the obsessive nature of how these images are utilised online. The patterns created by the source images also strongly reference the principles of sacred geometry, which have been used for millennia in religious imagery, and aims to create a surplus of affect that alters perception and evokes trance.
Love says: “As we spend more and more time interacting with images on screens, we become drawn into these seductive, repetitive image loops. It’s like a devotional meditation that generates a mental state of both hyper-focus and chronic distraction.”