Although my work is primarily done in the medium of abstract painting, I also create digital work through the manipulation and layering of images. This post will focus on two series: ‘New Mythologies’ and ‘Eschatology’.
The work in the 'New Mythologies' use this process to create works which are meant to evoke mythology in ways that familiar yet different. The myths and philosophies referenced in these pieces are primarily European, but also include a smattering of Near and Far East. What I’m after, for the final product, is something a bit eerie and surreal, taking recognizable objects and distorting or manipulating them until they become something other, subverting the idea of that the camera never lies and making it something questionable and unreal.
The following paintings are from my series entitled ‘Eschatology’, a series of digital paintings which are based on 10 scientific/mathematical equations related to the workings of our universe, as well as its beginning and ending. Looking back, there seems to be a fair few pieces of work somehow linked to science in some way – probably the influence of my dad. Each equation used in the series is expressed in 2 ways – the first is as a ‘dot’ painting, related to how the aborigines of Australia map out geographical space (landscape) with their dot paintings, as well as elements of the more metaphysical ‘Dreaming’ (an idea and approach I have used in my ‘Mapping History’ series too). Half the images in this series map out an intellectual space of ideas in this way, non-physical and loosely defined.
The second approach takes the same the basic shape and pattern of the ‘dot’ painting and renders it as something akin to Euclidean geometry (roughly equated to a mosaic style) floating in a formless non-Euclidean space (or void).