Painting with Crazed Light: Caustic Optimism

Against all the uncertainty and turmoil of life, it’s the persistence of everyday marvel that grabs me. A technique I devised, using a simple phone camera and warped-glass object, enables me to consider uncertainty with intent.

In 2019 I began to experiment with harnessing distorted light (what physicists refer to as caustic optics) to abstract rich, painterly and always unexpected compositions and colour from banal settings.

Using crazed light as both material and subject pushes me to see more than what’s in front of me. It also enables me to create works that have the dynamism and complexity of abstract paintings. The results of this unique (and no-Photoshopping) approach reveal a wealth of “there there”—marvel in every moment. I call this project Caustic Optimism.

  • Room for Not Knowing, solo exhibition, April 2022. Opening night artist talk .
  • And below: short interview with Efren Jes of Exhibit-V during Room for Not Knowing.

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