Vessels 2019-21
'Not to perpetuate the ideology of separation' Edward Said

‘Vessels’ is a painting project I have been working on through the pandemic,
the vessels used in this work have been sourced 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, superimposed one on top of the other and
painted as transparent colour separation films, to resemble a Venn diagram.

This work has been made in the context of a post-representational, post-romantic
thought process. For example by using diagrams, images that
interact with the world rather than represent it. Here I have painted the work
from the perspective of colour as transparent refracted light. The framework
holding this ‘light’ resembles a Venn diagram, which uses a self-directed
concept that 'generates the thing to be done' (credit for this phrase goes to my
friend Catherine Harty). The vessels have been chosen because of their multi-time,
multi-national implications, and the Venn diagram investigates evidence of
interconnectedness and self-directed image making.

Representation as an expression of human exceptionalism continues
romanticisms idea of our separation from the world and particularly nature, the nature culture dichotomy. Even the idea of nature separates us from the natural world, a world we are part of and is part of us. 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. The idea that nature is culture and vice versa, opens up a whole new way of seeing ourselves on a planatery basis.