Todd McDonald

My current studio practice utilizes virtual reality technology as a tool for the creation of oil paintings. Visual qualities associated with new imaging processes interweave with methods that trace back through the history of image making. Close scrutiny of visual experiences tends to reveal that perception is modified by our physiology, memories and knowledge. These factors are in turn, affected by our physical and cultural environment. The images I create depict highly sensual experiences where these modifications and affectations are amplified. Through this process of amplification, typical boundaries and signifiers are obliterated. Instead, the images visualize a broad array of observed, but yet to be defined, sensations. Within the works, these mutable and fugitive signals undermine the tenuously represented connections to the real world. Beyond the five senses, the images play on other senses like movement, balance and existential instability. While the inspiration is pulled from real experiences, it is translated through a painterly discourse that acknowledges the role of image making conventions in the shaping of what and how we see. Cues from well-established conventions of painting, photography, and digital processing culminate in a visual language that helps tease out the aforementioned distortions and display the interconnectedness of physiological and cultural pre-conditioning.