Daylight is too easy. What I want is difficult: the atmosphere of lamps or moonlight.”~ Edgar Degas (source)
A measure of light. Most of my work as an artist deals with light qualities and properties of light. Its influence on the subject matter or work depends on the media used, whether an illuminated screen, projected, or printed on a substrate. The quality of light, the white balance whether sunlight, tungsten, or flame figures in the piece. The effects that it produces such as the colors, values, and tones affect the eventual meaning of the work. All of lights properties are considered even those that are outside of the spectrum that the human eye can observe. I can measure it and use it to obscure, illuminate, cast in shadow. I use it as metaphor or fact.
Currently I am studying how light is referred to and is use in the talking about the spiritual realm. I hope that study and its conclusions will eventually present itself in my work as well.
The historical sense involves a perception, not only of the pastness of the past, but of its presence” ~ T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets
Perception Is Not A Reality–Only a Composite of Self… The sum of experience, culture, physiology and evolution. Art allows an individual to tie both emotion and intellect together and explore the world around you and the Light that comes from within that sparks genius.
What you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing; it also depends on what sort of person you are.” ~ C.S. LEWIS, The Magician’s Nephew (source)
Perception does count and it will influence all the decisions you make with regards to composition and process. It is strongly influenced by physiology, culture, political environment, upbringing, and religious belief. I do not know if it is enough to just be aware of it, more likely, it needs to be understood by the artist and how it impacts you and how it reveals itself in your art. Once understood, it is a powerful tool to communicate your ideas, emotions, and thoughts.
There is currently a great series of articles call, Illusion Fridays, in the New Scientist Magazine. Enjoy!
Are you really sure that a floor can’t also be a ceiling?” ~ M.C. Escher
“TAKE a look around you. The walls, the chair you’re sitting in, your own body – they all seem real and solid. Yet there is a possibility that everything we see in the universe – including you and me – may be nothing more than a hologram.