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.
This series of paintings are handmade on a digital substrate, then printed onto aluminium panels. 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.
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