Where the Light Falls forms part of an ongoing investigation that represents a consistent interest in the importance of place over time. Wilson has created images of places and objects in response to his home studio environment, works which are highly specific yet universal.
Where the Light Falls can be divided into three interlinking elements. Works in oil capture the luminosity at different times of day within individual trees or treescapes. A set of 12 small scale back and white conté on paper landscapes draw the viewer to the light by accentuating the shadows. ‘Falling Light’ is a more abstracted composition of thirty-five standalone small panel observations of light falling through windows into an interior space. The works combine notions of stillness, memory, and of knowledge, of gathering and compiling information about a place. Of time, light, being attentive to small things and contemplating transitory occurrences. He aims to make the everyday apparent, appreciated and intriguing and is interested in emphasizing a stillness and tranquility, ignoring the spectacular and getting closer to the more ordinary aspects of a particular setting. New developments hint at a recent preoccupation with the effects of sunlight. Wilson has recorded how it silently moves within an interior space, noting the manner in which it falls, transforming, animating and constantly refreshing familiar places. This investigation of light has been critically important in the progression of new work. Recurring motifs include ditches, open fields, roads, paths, boundaries and puddles. Wilson tries to capture the essence of a place, describing how one can retrace one’s footsteps, observe and take time to think, often working ‘in series’ to accentuate this notion of looking again and returning.