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Depicting Being

Morgan Stokes

Watercolour, pastel and ink on stitched silk organza, dichroic film
113cm H x 95cm W x 5.5cm D
Framed in Tasmanian oak
Morgan Stokes Depicting Being, from the series Skin, is exploring and reinterpreting the medium of painting. Morgan says of this work, “For some of my earlier works, I have substituted canvas for silk in order to draw attention to the physical makeup of painting – that is, supporting stretcher bars. This work is a continuation of this idea, conceived as a study into the silk as a fabric and the effect stitching has on composition. To emphasise the stretcher bars and the experience of existing with the piece, I’ve added dichroic film adds a glow which changes depending on the light and the angle of the viewer. I’ve also stitched in a portrait, so the painting watches back.”
Morgan says of this series, “I aim to dissect painting into its discrete elements, such as linen, paint or stretcher bars, to enquire into what makes a painting in the digital age. By creating formal studies into material, I explore what I call the ‘virtual gaze’, that is, how our mode of perception is shifting as our lives are increasingly mediated by the screen. In my show ‘Skin’, I interpret painting as a metaphor for personhood and subsequently surface as a metaphor for skin.”

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