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Rafael .'s avatar Rafael .

deFlattening started in 2019. Inspired by my interest in meaningful relationships together with a reaction against superficial interactions, the works reveal how time and attention can unlock a greater understanding of our surroundings. The pieces use bold fields of color and familiar subjects to grab the viewer's attention, making it easier to engage with the work. Precision of the pieces is immediately apparent along with the vibrancy of the colors, creating a link to a digital aesthetic. That, along with missing details, invites the viewer to zoom in and actively fill in the blanks. Once closer to the works, a textural element reveals itself, introducing physical and conceptual depth, and little imperfections highlight the analog nature of the pieces. Immediately the outwardly digital and flat aesthetic gives way to an appreciation of the handmade and three-dimensional nature of the works, revealing that with time and attention, we can enrich the quality of our interactions.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 4cm
  • Medium: Acrylic paint, and acrylic paste on canvas
  • Width: 70cm
  • Year created: 2021
  • Height: 100cm