Transmission is a continuation of the ‘Wired’ project, a body of paintings examining the human/machine interface, and the ethical and emotional dichotomies around new technology. Wired, Rumour, Touch, Fledgling and The Relic are the other paintings from this series, some of which were featured in Altered States, which was shown in the Mendel Art Gallery’s Artist by Artist program in 2013. My young collaborator in this exhibition, Cate Francis, is the model for this new work. I painted Cate as a child of the digital age, deeply connected to her virtual universe, but yet uneasily conscious of the potential danger.
The underpainting, with the beginning of the top coat in the far left figure.
The painting stages:
In 2018, the Mann Gallery in Prince Albert, SK will host a linked pair of exhibitions with Cate Francis and myself examining the narrative aspect in figurative art. In the main exhibition space I will have a solo show of large scale oil paintings, with work spanning a decade of experimentation using symbolism, allegory and metaphor to connect and contextualize contemporary issues within an historical lineage. Alongside this, Cate will display her ongoing engagement with similar issues in printmaking.