Figurative art is what grounds me to Earth – it is my way of acknowledging the world that surrounds me and the intricacies of this strange but beautiful reality. Abstract is the opposite. Abstract art has become my favourite form of escapism – with only paints and a few extra tools, I get to transport to an entirely new world, to which I’m little more than a spectator – perhaps a god-like spectator, one which determines the initial conditions, but has little control over its outcome. The results are never less than otherworldly – from extra-terrestrial-looking landscapes to storming atmospheres and diffuse nebulae, the possibilities are endless, and it just never ceases to surprise me.
My latest voyage was to the Orion Nebula, here created out of acrylic painting on paper, digital photography, and digital collage using an image of the WLM galaxy on the edge of the Local Group, made available by ESO. It’s not the actual Orion Nebula, but it’s where my mind was taken to when my eyes met the final image. After this journey, I should be flying back to Earth for some more figurative art before taking off again. It’s not always easy to live in between worlds, but as it turns out, it’s the only way I can make it.
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