In the works on view, Wasmuht uses the visual language of painting to comment on the world population’s increasing dependency on electronic devices, and the diminishing interpersonal social engagement and reactionary contemplation therein. As images of experiences and landscapes from around the world can be seen instantly on backlit screens and handheld devices, Wasmuht pulls from her own photography, various Internet-based sources and a meticulous collection of images from life, landscapes and nature as inspiration for her immersive paintings.
In oil paint, Wasmuht creates a reimagined world that blends both recognizable and abstracted forms into new multilayered landscapes. These spatially enveloping scenes are reminiscent of digital glitches that as such provide viewers with a sense of walking through a virtual reality painted with movement and real-time pixilation. Each work juxtaposes the seemingly erratic and disjointed with a command of illusion that collectively creates an experiential and cathartic release of tension.
Presented as part of deFINE ART 2016, which takes place Tuesday, Feb. 16 through Friday, Feb. 19, 2016.
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