Zoe James

I am interested in what can be considered painting within a contemporary context, conversing with the idea of painting after technology. I have been working closely with the camera as a tool to paint with, to experiment with the boundaries between painting and photography. As a result, the entirety of work on display is made up of only five different photographs of painterly marks.  These have been duplicated, distorted and tinted in Photoshop to highlight the possibilities technology brings to expand the field of painting.

Through repetition of gestures, complex abstract patterns emerge with an aesthetic similar to a Rorschach test. The observed forms are dependent on the viewer’s imagination, whilst some witness grotesque organs fused together others might see interwoven butterfly wings. The sculptural piece also intends to invade the viewer’s physical space as paint is freed from the traditional frame to ultimately challenge our perception of painting.