Instituting the “Artwork of the month”

Beginning of each month I’ll upload images of one or more artworks, and discuss these in terms of my practice. Usually the pieces will be my own works, but potentially other famous and familiar images can be shown.

This month I’m looking at some digital images from my Gallery 2 page, “Dark Water #1” and “Dark Water #2”.

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These images represent unfathomable mystery and even danger. The notion that the superficial surface of things hiding the unseen and even unknowable is somethingĀ that I’ve often played with, and these two images with gentle patterns and reflections lead the viewer to contemplate “what lies beneath”. When we examine our psyche many unknown and fearful emotions and memories rise up from the depths. In a previous solo exhibition, The Art of Exploration (2006), I dwelt on the idea of hidden depths, water and journeying into the unknown places of the psyche. Water is often used as a symbol of these concepts, and I continue to explore these ideas in my work. If we research this symbol it’s evident that “water” is universal in it’s meaning(s) including that of purification. Ironically water is needed to cleanse what’s hidden beneath its own depths!

On the level of aesthetics I’ve always found water patterns intriguing and beautiful, and these two digital images are both beautiful and haunting. Green and blue are the natural colours of the medium, and I’ve allowed the ripples to be accented to emphasise this patterning.They feel complete in their simplictity. Pool, pond, river edge, or ocean? This is left up to the viewer and their imagination.

Let me know what you think.

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