simone paterson









DIAMETRIC at Perspective Gallery, Blacksburg, VA consists of digital images, fabric sculpture and interactive video. Exploring the landscape of Appalachia and Australia. In Australia the light is intense, sharp and at times blinding. The mountain light is filtered through a veil of moisture, a gentle caress of pastel hues as vistas open up before you on the trail. The land is represented via abstracted images that employ digital mirroring techniques highlighting the reflection of light on land and sea. Landscapes are repeated upon figurative fabric sculptures. Specifically the female figure becomes an iconic representation of land and sea. DIAMETRIC also consists of two interactive videos, one filmed in Australia, the other in Virginia. The interaction is controlled with the software, Isadora, using a webcam to capture the movement of the audience. Audience members are transformed into white light and their movement reveals a hidden text. The text is insistent that we are not diametrically opposed to the natural world and that “we are all netted together”, Darwin’s most important principle. The exhibition prompts us to consider how the continual destruction of the natural world will hasten our own demise. The Australian component was completed and exhibited during a studio residency in Artspace, Sydney and PODspace Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, 2012.