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Make waves to swim in : Painting in Virtual Reality

January 17, 2020

 

Project Concept:

This project aims to bring the experience of being lost in a painting from it’s inception to wandering around, on, below and besides the painting. Taking advantage of the field of vision possible in virtual reality to be surrounded entirely and immersed. The viewer is given agency through interaction, by being able to grab and throw strokes of paint, thus creating an original collage. This movement is enhanced by being able to move around the painting which itself appears to be moving.The viewer feels in collaboration with the artist and involved in the making of the work.

Ever since I first saw Claude Monet’s Water Lilies in the Musée de l'Orangerie I have aspired to make a work that provides full immersion in a painting. The resources to cover the eight panels, each two meters high and spanning 91 meters in length, have not been available to me thus far.

 

There is a peace to be obtained from contemplation a work of this scale. One can enjoy being surrounded by the artist’s world or focus on a particularly inspiring glimpse of genius. As a painter I have longed to bring this scale to my abstract works realising that this would undoubtedly provide a new and exciting dimension to them. 

Virtual reality offers a thrilling way to encounter art in this way for viewers. Bein