I'm exploring in paint the issues of abuse of power, control, image production, information, mercury and mythology. I am concerned with the abuses of the medical establishment and the government. The misuse of mercury, the element, began at the end of the 15th century. Its misuse continues to this day is is closely linked to the rise of Autism, although hotly debated. The paintings seek to address images created to further an agenda, used by those in power. The paintings are flawed or broken to show both seen and unseen. Architecture is intended to evoke power as a symbol, a place where everyday decisions have the potential to inflict terror on society. Discredited illusionism is back into play.
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In 1707, Thomas Blount’s Glossographia Anglicana Nova defined the word image as “(Latin), an artificial resemblance either in painting or sculpture.”
An image is a powerful tool for shaping perception. Historically a portrait or sculpture was privately commissioned, often to mark an important milestone or event. Consent was required. Only the privileged could portray their image, which was carefully cultivated for status.
Today creating your image occurs through free social media sites. Your status is no longer defined financially.
We are lulled into false security thinking that by choosing our privacy settings only those we have selected may view our images. In fact, the boundaries of who viewsnour images have been blurred. Our beliefs regarding privacy, consent trust and statusnhave been broken by social media and the internet. This redefines portraiture.
The people in this portrait series are all artists and have all given their consent. Normally we see only their art, which shows us the world through their individual eyes. Here, they are the art. Images may indeed be free to use on social media, yet without any thought of consent we contribute to our collective moral turpitude. These portraits are a metaphor for consent.