In this painting the artist further explores the mythology of painting as an island or an oasis, which she has been developing lately. This time she directs her attention to the surroundings of an island and discovers the ocean of information, in its qualities reminiscent of the ocean on the planet of Solaris from Stanisław Lem’s sci-fi novel Solaris (1961). Figures from Alex Prager’s photographs emerging in the glitchy ocean of images take the dominant position regarding the viewer observing them from below. Or perhaps the viewer from above observes their fragmentary reflections on the mirror surface of the ocean? The shifting perspective not only complicates the visual structure of the painting, but also changes the mechanisms of the power of gaze in it. Thus there is no equality in this almost square area, asserts the artist referring to Ruben Östlund’s film The Square (2017).
Image rights: The Rooster Gallery
About Aukse Miliukaite
Lithuanian, b. 1990, based in Vilnius, Vilnius County, Lithuania