Tangle of Matter & Ghost


I sometimes find that a struggle between illusionism and anti-illusionism is happening in individual works, and is really interesting to pursue visually. I have painted quite traditional style landscapes, only to smash them with paint on the surface after they have dried, in order to complicate the image and rob it of being just an illusionistic piece of work. It hasn’t felt complete until I do this.

This type of work is perhaps more playing with how we look – the excitement of getting lost in a visual maze of different depths – oscillating between flatness and depth, the image and the substance. This is one of the themes or ideas running through the ‘Tangle of Matter & Ghost’ series.
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