I thought it was the sun, but I was at the lake
Acrylic on several mediums on canvas. 36 x 48 in
Longueuil, QC, Canada
I Thought it was the Sun, but I was at the Lake; it is a reflection on materiality—a response against the increasing influence of digital forms of expression with no grounds on living experience, particularly those fed by Artificial Intelligence.
This painting is a call to action, not to forget that we are, overall, physical beings. An attention call that places physicality as a crucial process to keep us connected to the ecosystems, once perfectly harmonic, today suffering from our disconnection from the planet's natural forms of doing.
Inspired by experimentation with thicker mediums, new tools to manipulate them, and mediums rich in texture, shape, and contrasting brightness. I got inspired by the highly texturized and tactile works of the latest Quebecois artist François-Xavier Marange.
My painting invites the viewer to experience every bump, rough surface, and smooth curve while observing the changes in brightness due to the intermingled use of high gloss and matte mediums. It holds you under an imagined sun high in a pink sky, a vortex in time, a space opening and closing in psychedelic fluctuations, a deserved rest on the white-pink sands at the lake shore. And that slumber, filled with everything you can feel, wonder who walked into the water and disappeared under the surface, creating those imaginative unreal ripples.
We must feel our tether to the planet before our digital obsession disconnects us. Materiality is the key before it is too late to remember what belonging to the ecosystem means.