Immersed by Kate Bender is exploration of colour, the representation of light and the perception of space through the traditional medium of oil paint on canvas. Elements of illusionism are merged with abstraction creating a degree of playfulness in the immediate visual and aesthetic experience, along with a deeper philosophical and metaphorical reading of the works. The paintings radiate with a visual energy that comes from not only the contrasting colour, but also the ambiguity of the nature of the spaces depicted. The paintings contain moments of energy and tranquility, the colours are intense yet balanced by degrees of understatement.
Image: Dance, 2016, oil on canvas; 122 x 91 cm