I am deeply inspired by the work of Francis Bacon, and the way at which he expresses inner emotional turmoil through his distorted versions of the body. The bodies in his work seem to twist and convulse, so intensely uncomfortable in themselves that they cannot possibly exist in a conventional human form. I am interested in this cultivated sense of raw emotion, as he informs his gestures with the acute humanity of the sitters, making the paintings equally expressive, surreal and severely realistic. I am particularly inspired by Bacon’s use of interior space, as a means to trap and contextualise the sitter within an imaginable, yet claustrophobic space for the viewer. I am interested in the way that the human condition is explored through the physicality of entrapment, and would like to further this investigation into the relationship between space and emotional difficulty or hysteria within my own work. I am also interested in the fleshy forms Bacon presents in his work, especially his use of the refrain of meat throughout his paintings, depicting a raw violence in its most overt form, the flesh has been slain, and is now laid out for the world to witness. There is a sensuality and fetishism about the level of violence displayed through the visions of raw flesh and meat, and I would like to explore this sensuality within the realms of hysteria and how the two emotional worlds connect.