The hotel/motel work stems from my teenage years where my parents ran a motel and I regularly both cleaned rooms and engaged with customers. This was a very difficult time for my family on many levels. As a regional artist, I often find myself pathetically alone in hotel rooms and I find they visually feed me when I otherwise might collapse.
Christopher Young was born in small-town New Zealand in the mid-seventies. After finishing his studies he moved to Germany in 1996 before settling in Western Australia in 2002. Isolation is a recurring theme in his life and artwork – the remoteness of growing up in semi-rural New Zealand, the loneliness of living in Germany as a poor German speaker and lately the geographic and ideological seclusion of life in Australia, have all coloured his artistic practice. Context, coding in images and a lack of a personal cultural library have been central themes explored in his work.