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Andy Rhodes

MA Fine Art

“The relation between the real city and the utopian city is thereby mediated by a mental map that includes the real in order to imagine the unreal, the ideal, or simply that which has to be remembered.”
A. Vidler

Since the first cave paintings mankind has used imagery to create permanence of fleeting moments and consolidate memory. Certain motifs and memories always hold more resonance remaining clearer in the mind, depending on individual perception of reality. This is an amalgamation of our own direct experience of the world around us and indirect experience through screen and image; combined with popular culture, projected imaginations of events, idealised futures, dreams and fantasies; make up the material we use to invent ourselves and essentially our individual perceived reality.

My research investigates the traditional inquiry of painting, concentrating on space in representation, the illusion of the picture plane, and the command of the gaze, a theory explored by Lacan; whilst drawing influence from the New Leipzig School and the Freudian concept of the uncanny. By exploring my selection of imagery and recurrence of motifs, inbuilt aesthetics and the object of my desires are being realised, revealing ideological landscapes that question my perception of reality.

Vidler, A. (1992) Architectural uncanny: essays in the modern unhomely. Cambridge Mass: M.i.t. Press.

Oil on Canvas

– Deja Vu

Oil on Canvas

– Harvest Moon


View more work on Andy’s website, Tumblr blog and Facebook page.