St. Heliers Street Gallery: Parallax
Tapping into the realms of quantum physics and astronomy, this exhibition investigates the malleability of perception. It's a symptom of human nature to attempt to define our world, particularly when it comes to such fundamental notions as time and place. As children we learned that the Northern and Southern Hemispheres present opposing seasons, but when I immigrated, I encountered a paradigm shift–I couldn't have anticipated the impact that a 23.4 degree axial tilt would have on my cultural identity.
This series has solidified for me the truth that our ideas about time (and how we mark its passing) are as much a construct as a cartographer's interpretation of the planet. It's all a matter of perception that we agree to accept.
The floating figures in my paintings on glass aptly translate the sensation of displacement this new awareness imposed on me. There is no up, no down, no horizon to speak of. Much like traditional conceptions of time and space, opaque painting surfaces dictate where the viewer (and also the maker) must stand to experience them. They fill in the blanks, and by and large they conclude in a singular composition once complete. Alternatively, naked glass isn't fixed; the periphery is continuously absorbed into its ever-changing picture plane.
There are two visible sides that exist simultaneously; two worlds that strongly resemble one another, but are deeply nuanced. These paintings highlight the fact that not only painting, but reality itself is dependent on perception and location.
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