Trance is based on a video taken at a rave in the late 1980s. I was initially drawn to the aesthetic of this pre-digital video, specifically the forces of nostalgia and time that it engendered. This painting represents a split-second snapshot of a moment in time. The anonymous videographer authentically documented youth during the era; they appeared hopeful, introspective and liberated by music.
Some figures appear ethereal and ambiguous to allow different narratives about the ravers to be interpreted. By including some video graphics elements in the painting, such as the haze of the camera, I am exploring the relationship between painting and moving image.
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