ANIMISMS 1 (series)
This series was inspired by the topic of animism, which is in itself an anthropological construct. Having an animistic sensibility means you attribute sentience to a wide range of beings, not only humans. The modernist view deemed it to be the inverse of scientism and therefore inherently invalid, whilst more currently, postmodern anthropologists are increasingly engaging with the concept. In my opinion it is less an ideology and more an ontological stance - a style of engaging with the world and the beings that populate it. As an ontology, animism blends and blurs with other ontologies, opening it up to contradictions, humour, imagination, inspiration, and reflexive awareness - making it rich ground for artistic research.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
The paintings were handmade on a digital substrate, then printed onto aluminium panels. In other words they are a digital paintings* materialised via large format printing.
The painting develops on the digital substrate as in classic painting - through layering, removing, reworking and revealing - and the process includes a crossing over from digital to material and back again. Material paintings are photographed or videoed; digital images are photographed through the tablet screen, and natural elements are layered between image, screen and lens. 
*Digital painting is a medium where traditional painting techniques, such as watercolor, oils and impasto, are applied with the help of technological tools such as graphic tablets a various image processing softwares. There are unique processes and contexts to digital painting that make it both distinct from its classical counterpart and unique from other media art disciplines. These include its nonlinear possibilities, which allow for the addition of independent pictorial layers, and which also liberate the artist from the gestures because of the infinite possibilities of stroke cancellation and modification. Digital painting is also based on an intuitive, evolving and flexible approach, due to the continuous technological changes that influence it.
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Title: ABALONE BIRD. Fine Art print on Hahnemühle bamboo matt paper. 500mmx750mm
Title: WATER FLOWER GLASS. Fine Art print on Hahnemühle bamboo matt paper. 750mmx1000mm ​​​​​​​
Title: COCONUT OIL. Fine Art print on Hahnemühle bamboo matt paper. 750mmx1000mm​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Title: GHOST GUM. Fine Art print on Hahnemühle bamboo matt paper. 500mmx750mm​​​​​​​

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