3 symbols (composite original)
2007
(from work in progress)
3 symbols
2007
acryllic paint on digital c-type print, aluminium mount, 61 x 61 cm
3 symbols (detail 6)
3 symbols (detail 7)
3 symbols cards (face)
2007

3 symbols cards (reverse)
2007
radius
2007
from set of 21 digital c-type prints, each 25.4 x 25.4 cm
genocide
2007
from set of 21 digital c-type prints, each 25.4 x 25.4 cm
bandage
2007
from set of 21 digital c-type prints, each 25.4 x 25.4 cm
symbols
2007
(from work in progress)
‘3 symbols’ is an experiment in how to reconcile in a single image the idea of photographic realism with the symbolism of forms, lines and dots, which represent the ‘unreal’ and hidden, the fundamental forces that lie within/behind what we see and experience as ‘real life’.

The ‘real’ is a composite of 630 images found from the internet. 21 words were selected intuitively from a seed list. these words were typed into Google Images and 30 images for each word selected. each set of 30 images was then composited into a single image, resulting in 21 images which were then composited into a final image.

reincarnation
grieve
bridge
rwanda
give
blessing
radius
gesture
burma
restrict
grave
before
rarefied
grow
blindness
ruin
guilt
bandage
replenish
genocide
burn


The ‘unreal’ is represented by hand-drawn shapes, painted onto the surface of the composite image in 3 rectangular desaturated spaces. 3 graphical symbols were created to represent the forces of birth/growth, death/decay and healing/reconciliation. These were then developed into a set of 9 symbols to represent the forces acting on each other.
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