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Source Molten, digital print, 2001
Source Molten, digital print, 2001
The optical effects of colour contrast create unresolvable movement and vibration: a constant shimmering movement across the surface of the image and a repeated illusion and collapse of depth. The ambiguities of surface and light make the images oscillate between seeming two-dimensional and three-dimensional. These effects make the images acquire other associations, which interrupts any straightforward reading of them as flower pictures.In one sense these are pictures of flowers, which carry all the associations we have of those flowers. Poppies are beautiful, narcotic and potentially deadly: an emblem of ecstasy and escape as well as of greed, destruction and death.
orange tulip, digital print, 2002
orange tulip, digital print, 2002
The 'Poppy' series and the 'Tulip' series each exist as paintings and as digital prints. The source of each series is a macro photograph of the centre of a flower. The photograph reveals the geometric structure of the flower’s centre. The geometric structure, extracted and abstracted from the flower, is drawn on a computer. These drawings are developed into a series of small digital prints (30cm x 30cm). Finally, the image is projected onto canvas and used as a template for a larger painting (121cm x 121cm). There is a chronology to this sequence of representations. At each stage the relationship between the image and what it was originally a picture of, becomes more mediated. Each painting is a picture of a digital image, which is a picture of a photograph, which is a picture of a flower. The paintings contain this complex history of their making.
small jelly fish, digital print
small jelly fish, digital print
Source 71, oil on canvas, 2002
Source 71, oil on canvas, 2002
small red orange tulip, digital print, 2003
small red orange tulip, digital print, 2003
Finally, the image is projected onto canvas and used as a template for a larger painting (121cm x 121cm). There is a chronology to this sequence of representations. At each stage the relationship between the image and what it was originally a picture of, becomes more mediated. Each painting is a picture of a digital image, which is a picture of a photograph, which is a picture of a flower. The paintings contain this complex history of their making.There is a tension between the different forms of representation of photography, digital image making and painting. The paintings appear to be mechanically made but are in fact hand-painted with a brush. The digital prints have the vivacity of paint and the smooth surface of photographs. The surface of each medium has different properties but in these works the differences are minimalized, so that it is not immediately clear either what it is one is looking at or how it was made.
Although these geometric shapes are pictures of flower heads, linked through a series of representations, the optical effects created by the careful interplay of colour, tone and shape, make the form hover between figuration and abstraction.
small violet elipse, digital print, 2003
small violet elipse, digital print, 2003
Tulips are beautiful, kitsch and a symbol of national and economic identity: an emblem of nature as well as of horticultural expertise and political power.But there is more to these pictures. The unsettling optical effects and unnatural colours flood the image with other cultural associations, such as the contrivances of science fiction and computer-generated scientific illustration. The strange geometric forms seem other-worldly: an alien form that emits, reflects and absorbs strange light in a strange way.
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