Two years ago I had a breakdown. I was seriously stressed and depressed. I became paranoid about things that don't actually matter. I had nightmares almost every night. Nightmares usually about killing, or being killed brutally, gruesome sex or sickness. It was almost like my second reality every night I went to bed. The dreams felt very real. This situation continued for about 15 months. I sought help from a psychiatrist but the nightmares persisted. Later that year I was cured by a Chinese 'Medicine man', who told me that I was possessed by evil spirits.
I created this series to remind myself what I had been through. I did not title each of my pieces because I did not want the public to see my inner weakness or evil. I drew them to show my dark subconsciousness.
The style changes a little bit through out the series because some drawings are adapted from my nightmares, showing the general feeling or conflicts I had in the dreams. The drawings with a naked muscle man is a metaphor of me being insecure and unprotected - the most fundamental and rawest aspect of me. Most of the other drawings are the exact representations of the imagery I saw in dreams.
I was very much inspired by Durer's cross hatching/pen drawing pieces. The subject matter of his art was mostly spiritual, religious, and dark. I found this style fits perfectly to my idea. I was also feeling confident drawing with a pen because I only had to mind the lighting of the image doing a black and white piece.
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