This is the place, 2021. R14400
Collage, mixed media, archival digital print, AP. Edition of 5 + AP. White box frame. 800 x 700mm. R14400
These works are from the Matrix series and deal with the idea of an ‘Other’ space: Simulated, embodied, dynamic and different to the experienced, physical real. It is presented as constructions and connected spaces, and as fictional. On one hand, matrixial space could be virtual space that we inhabit as human cyborgs; on the other hand it could be any other kind of ‘world’, dream or condition; or it could even be utopian space. On one hand, it could be virtual space that human cyborgs inhabit; on the other hand it could be any other kind of ‘world’, dream or condition; or it could even embody utopian space. Sometimes a constructed matrix seems so real that it becomes intertwined with the physical real. It is constituted by relationships, wishes, emotions and connections; it is volatile and can change from moment to moment. New matrixes are constantly birthed since human beings continue to create these within the physical boundaries of time.
Distinctive emerald green is evident in most of the works, conceptually representing an ideal or utopian green place of betterment, but also a neon-green virtual space. A red palette is used hand-in hand with nuances of green in order to reference human flesh and blood, but also fire as allegory of transformation, process and transition. In the matrix of a virtual world the anchor remains the physical human body and mind: making up visions of other worlds and engaging with virtual worlds.