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## My Recent Practice…
…is influenced by my background in:
- Type Design – manipulation of Bézier curves and lines
- Visualization – especially the configuration of objects within a space
- Programming – automation and algorithms
## What happens when these worlds meet?
My work is therefore concerned with hybridity: the marriage and blending of different worlds and exploring the anxiety and/or harmony that can be produced: the ground vs. the figure; execution in digital vs. analog medium; abstract hard-edged geometric chromatic color fields vs. multi-colored textured grounds.
## My Research Question
What results if we take the concepts of “hybridisation”, “mimicry”, and the “third space” from contemporary post-colonial studies and apply these to the visual arts where we consider a culture to be formed within the bisection of the pictorial space into the figure and ground.
## My Research Context
In contemporary post-colonial studies as espoused by Homi K Bhabha “hybridisation” describes the emergence of new cultural forms from multiculturalism; “mimicry” is when one culture imitates and takes on the culture of another; and the “third space” is an ambiguous area that develops when two or more individuals/cultures interact.
## My Reseach Methodology
The development of a series of pictorial works that are hybrids, a synthesis of different media, configurations, colors, and textures.
The primary exploration is the composition and execution of the figure and the ground.
Programmatic automata will be used to generate a continuum of configurations from which a subset will be selected. Within the subset execution of the figure and ground will be undertaken against dualistic framework encompassing synthetic vs natural, random vs predictable, monochromatic vs polychromatic, colour fields vs textured planes.
The secondary exploration is in how the two worlds of the figure and ground can merge and blend into each other.
e.g. By reducing the opacity of the figure vis-à-vis the ground.
## “Third Space”
The tertiary exploration is in the evocation of emotion (harmony & tension) of the viewer in reaction to the hybridity and mimicry between the figure and ground.
e.g. By executing the figure and ground in different media [tactile trigger] or color harmonies [chromatic trigger].