Galerie Wenger, Zurich
I’m most interested in exploring ideas of perception and the ways that we experience the world around us. For two-dimensional works, I think about creasing a rigid structure and warping it into three dimensions to shift the parallel lines upon its surface. But instead of creating a three-dimensional construction, the form is compacted back into a 2D surface, setting up opportunities for exploring perspective.
Depending upon your viewpoint, this fixed perspective of the individual, two-dimensional piece can align the work with the environment around it, or with just a few steps to the side, the piece inhabits another perspective plane and seems at odds with its surroundings. Combined with a field of other pieces, each with their own vanishing points, this view forces you to take time to interpret what cues your eyes are receiving.
I’m curious about the same effect with my mural work but on a more encompassing scale. This shift in scale is particularly interesting to me as I’m inspired by architectural constructs, and how simple lines can construct perspectives, helping us to solidify (or question) our ideas about the space we inhabit. Similar to the smaller pieces, shifts in your viewpoint skew the lines and create alternate interpretations of what’s happening around you.
The illusion of depth and space are crucial to how we take in our environments and navigate the world around us. We build up these images through movement, and I ultimately want to get the viewer moving around in physical space. Vanishing points shift, shapes get skewed, and a form on the wall looks more like an entrance into another universe. This movement and subsequent experience hopefully plants some curiosity about how we automatically construct views of the world around us given cues via visual phenomena.
– Katy Ann Gilmore, 2019