2008, Oil on Linen, 100 x 100cm
Finalist, the 2008 Mortimore Art Prize
“Pure Truth” explores different ideas of surface and space, playing with preconceived notions of image depth, inviting the viewer to question what is real and what is not.
Although assuming infinite depth the sky becomes a flat object because it contains a hole. And yet by continuing the image onto the sides of the canvas, the painting itself is transformed into a three dimensional form, thereby inciting in the viewer an automatic assumption of internal volume. By further subverting this presumption with references to magic realism, a new world is created in which not all is what it seems.
Thus the question is asked, what is Truth? Perhaps it is on the other side, and whomever is there is asking the same questions of us?