Vessels 2019-20
'Not to perpetuate the ideology of separation' Edward Said

The vessels used in this work come from different countries; these include North America, Thailand, Iran, Turkey, Pakistan, Syria and Sudan. Some are thousands of years old, some hundreds. They have been reduced to transparent silhouettes and superimposed one on top of the other to suggest the possibility of cultural interactions.
 
The possibility of the idea of a post-representational art form fascinates me. To this end I have painted this work from the perspective of the colour as transparent light. The framework holding this light, the vessels have been chosen because of their multi-time, multi-national implications.

Representation as an expression of human exceptionalism continues romanticisms idea of our separation from the world. The idea of nature separates us from the world, a world we are part of and responsible for. Post-representation, I think, points to a new way of being in the world, as part of it, rather than dominating it to the point of destruction.

This work 'Vessels' is an attempt to explore the idea of humans as part of the world ecosystem rather than separate from it.