This series of recent paintings (2017) began as an exploration of mirrors and reflections.
Using antique shaped mirrors, stencils were made of their distinctive outlines. Some
are studies in light, shadow and interiors.
Some of these paintings acknowledge the explosion of de-formalised self portraiture
through mobile ‘phone technology - a self-regarding yet popular activity which, in
the main, rarely offers much context to the third party viewer. Selfies are a kind
of mirror but a mirror is a magic device. It seems other worldly. It may be a portal
through which, like Alice and her Looking Glass, we might climb through to explore
worlds both familiar and unfamiliar.
The paintings are reductive offering simple outlines and stances yet do portray character
and mood. Some of these paintings are incongruous - whimsical yet darkly disturbing
and question to what degree we use masks of our own making to deflect others from
seeing our true selves.
MIRROR series - Dreaming Girl, #1 oil on canvas (above), and