Mei Wilkinson is presenting a selection of her optical effect artworks guaranteed to challenge your senses in the Nishi Gallery exhibition Shake It Up, curated by Professor David Williams AM and Anna Trundle. The works were made as part of a series exploring the boundaries of and between painting and animation. Using optical effects, viewer interaction, and kinetic engagement, they playfully activate a sense of “the moving image” both visually and by eliciting bodily sensation. The viewer is encouraged to interact with the Perspex works by moving around them to observe the optical effect generated by layered patterns. The cartoon figures inhabiting the works were created with thick spills of paint and allowed to stretch and distort with movement and gravity. Some of the figures in this series were manipulated to the point of complete abstraction. The materiality of the paint-spill cartoon character sits in juxtaposition with flat optical pattern, highlighting a divergence between object and illusion.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Mei Wilkinson is a Canberra based artist and recent Honours graduate from the ANU School of Art working in painting, illustration and animation. Mei’s work is inspired by the experience of popular culture such as cartoons and video games, as well as science fiction and natural phenomena. Her current interests lie at the edges of traditional mediums, seeking to blur boundary lines and challenge perceived limitations. In her most recent paintings, the viewer is incorporated as an active participant in the movement of the work. She is currently working towards expanding on concepts of viewer interactivity into installation-based projects. Mei is also currently working on animation projects such as a music video collaboration and a mixed media and hand-drawn animated film.
Event Area: Nishi Gallery