The Art of Jem Ham

The Seat of Perplexion


Acrylic on linen

91.5 x 81 x 3.2 cm
36 x 32 x 1.25 in

This work envisions the landscape of obsessive mental loops, the crippling feeling of being trapped in the prison of one’s own mind. It explores the nature of habitual thought, the trigger-reward feedback loop, and how the formation of deeply ingrained paths of thought affect our ability to understand meaning, value and purpose. Many trips round the mental merry-go-round can inevitably ensue a state of perplexion causing a questioning of reality. In this process, vitality of life also seems to slowly diminish, and we can become the creatures of our own thinking, imprisoned and in need of a mental first aid kit for our own emancipation.

Exhibited online as part of the Waverley Art Prize finalist exhibition (2020); exhibited and sold at Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery in Fremantle, Western Australia (2021).


Waverley Art Prize Finalist, 2020

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