My research questions how the virtual space of the digital screen affects the way we view the world, in particular the habit of simultaneously viewing many windows full of disconnected images. Questions surrounding the virtual screen inform my decisions when creating new meanings from disparate forms, and influences the way I disrupt the pictorial composition. I use the process of painting to explore how we consume and discard images with little pause for thought, and suggest that this has given painting a new agency as a slower medium.
My research has influenced the way I bring traditional, painterly ideas into a dialogue with our experiences of reading space and material in a world saturated with digital images. I am currently investigating how painting has developed into a more interactive discipline by forming relationships between genres and using existing art histories as a catalogue from which to generate new material.
The subject matter of these paintings: images of women, interiors and objects, in some ways conveys my own experiences or anxieties, albeit from a distance. My research through the ‘virtual window’ has allowed me to reflect on how, as a painter today, technology impacts on the way I look, think and work.