Graduation show 2014

Johannes Sivertsen
White interior

The work consists of a series of still life paintings of various sizes. The objects are shown within a white, undefined space. Maybe it’s a living room, maybe an exhibition space, a sickroom, a church… or maybe it’s just an abstract space, serving as a metaphor for self-examination in the white, western world. The subjects are shown quite directly, without the use of central perspective or photography. However, the aim isn’t to ‘paint in the natural way’, but rather to explore what dwells in the possible expectations of ‘the natural’. How do we see? How is the gaze conditional on the physical being? How is the gaze determined by culture?