Posted on June 24, 2020
‘Social pressure was the thing that had held the human race together through all millennia; held the human race together as a unit....The need of one human being wanting the approval of his fellow humans, the need for a certain cult of fellowship.... social security and human solidarity’ City. Clifford D. Simak
This new collection of paintings discusses ideas associated with naturally created and imposed separations; not just the physical, the spiritual and digital boundaries and those platforms that facilitate that space.
When I use the term ‘Border’, I am not using it in a literal sense I’m discussing it in terms of going beyond the confines of the physical space.
Currently the World is shut away, limited by a natural phenomena, an environmental restriction of great scale with a growing humility for change.
‘At the present man is overlord; he’s been over confident, over industrious and over fed....we need a new humility and reverence for the environment’ Arcadia. Paul Wright
Not unlike the ‘Hive’ world depicted in EM Forster’s The Machine Stops, we too are reaching beyond our limited space via our screens, connecting and gathering virtually through social media, trying to bridge the new socially distant void.
‘I want to see you not through the machine, I want to speak to you not through the wearisome machine’ The Machine Stops. EM Forster
The World has slowed down; there is an enforced contemplation we are engaged collectively and simultaneously in the synthetic digital and natural worlds beyond our enforced boundaries of isolation.
Some of us are digital immigrants, others are digital natives, but we are all learning to be alone to together whilst bridging the void.
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