We constantly find ourselves immersed in the glimmering screens of our mobile phones and tablet computers. When we look around us we see people interacting with their mobile devices more than with each other, very often completely oblivious to what is happening around them.
The painting ‘Peripheral Vision’ is an artistic interpretation of this phenomenon. The composition draws the onlooker’s focus into the technicolour centre of the painting which represents the world of the ‘screen’. The perimeter of the painting, on the other hand, becomes paler and neglected which represents the loss of our peripheral vision beyond our intense focus on the screen, and as such the loss of our natural and intuitive relationship with the ‘real’ world.
In order to visually express the magnetism of the screen, the centre of the painting becomes increasingly three-dimensional, a hive of activity where the paint literally reaches out to draw us in, beckoning us to plunge into its kaleidoscopic magic. The two-dimensional screen becomes three-dimensional and the real world fades out, becomes flatter and flatter.
The criss cross pattern that is etched into the surface of the paint represents the pixels of our screens.