I recall tuning in to analogue television channels, turning the dial to find the picture with the least interference and distortion. I remember the joy of a colour picture after the black and white noise of the spaces in-between.
This painting combines familiar experiences with imagery from space. Referencing the awe of the Apollo 8 astronauts as they witnessed the ‘Earth Rise’ of William Alder’s photograph, the brilliance of colour in a colourless void and the 1968 realisation that planet earth was precious, unique and threatened.
I have been combining my art with the science of Dr. Alan Jamieson, the world expert of deep-sea hadal zones. On the cusp of manned exploration into the deep-sea trenches, the resonance with the moon landings is clear; as we discover our unknown seas (just as we discovered outer space) we are struck by how precious and threatened our planet is.
Throughout these environmental ideas in my paintings is the pervasive truth that world politics and money are the mechanics of environmental destruction, ironically they are also the source of our discoveries about the planet. Politics and money are the basis of all human society, the good and the bad but today we are acutely aware of the insidious manipulation being exerted on us through imagery in particular through online sources.
The increased interference is creating more white noise making it difficult to discern the true picture of life on earth. The clarity of the Earth Rise image is disrupted, my interpretation is deliberately confusing – it’s difficult to tell if the interference is a veil on the view or if the interference is an atmosphere around the planet and smothering the moon. We live in ambiguous times in a world that we seek to clarify and I question if we really want the truth, to fully tune in and see the full picture.
18 x 24cm Oil on linen
Signed on reverse