Amalie Jones

My practice explores both the material and conceptual possibilities of oil painting by placing it in the expanded field of painting. Pushing the boundaries of the two-dimensional medium to explore the formal abilities of paint such as texture, colour, and form and utilizing it to represent and recreate how humans really “see”. 

This practice has led me to my current project which explores “Binocular Vision”, a visual phenomenon that cannot be captured by a camera or a two-dimensional image. “Binocular Vision” is the overlap of perspectives from each eye which produces both our depth and spatial perception. My paintings are my own abstract interpretation of “Binocular Vision”. 

My current painting series “Seeing the Binocular” are multiple compositions that centre around surface differentiation. I have found that the differentiation of painted surfaces such as texture and height within a single painting produces a visual juxtaposition. This produces spatial illusions of depth and perspective, recreating a focal point and peripheral vision, visually breaking down the workings of “Binocular Vision”.  

My choice of colours and techniques within my painting practice, which sit within the expanded field of painting, are based on their illusionary and directionally guiding effects on the viewer’s eye. I use colour theory to reference the science behind human vision. I have represented the “Binocular Overlap” in each painting using a rectangle of bright, saturated red that is straight from the tube. Utilizing red’s naturally occurring visual fatigue and effect on our eyes to produce a dimensional focus point. I have taken my painting into a sculptural space using of texture paste. Not only am I raising the surface of my work to produce a sense of dimension and depth, but using tools to comb through small uniform lines that direct the eyes within the composition.    

To fully understand how human vision works. I believe, as an artist, that pushing the boundaries of vision through painting reveals, first-hand, how we really “see”.