Paula García Stone
14th November 2019 - 12th January 2020
“I have called this exhibition’ Impostors’ because each duratrans contains a photographed object that is not what it appears to be within the context of the image. The work titled ‘Impostor’ contains an image of a sugar crystal magnified 697 times posing as an insulin crystal, at least in my mind. We are in an age when our view of ‘the figure’ in art is being expanded and reshaped by science and technology.
I have always liked what the m2 Gallery does, and visit often on my walks. Because of the setting, the art works seem to look out at you, the passer by, then you look in and engage without entering the space physically, allowing the viewer their own place when relating to the work.
My Lightbox images, which span over some years, are mostly called ‘Ventana’ (‘Window’ in Spanish) because of the window quality. Composed using medical photography, X-rays, ESEM (Environmental Scanning Electron Micrograph) images, of up to 4000 times magnification, and macro photographs, they are a view into the unseen inner structure of the visceral body metaphorically aligned with organic forms. They could be the body in the landscape. I think of them as (objective) self-portraits, especially as all of my work involves the human self, which is also present in its absence. In this very particular setting they become portals to enter into with the imagination.
I divide my creative output between sound pieces and my visual works, as well as the daily demands of living with Type 1 Diabetes. I work small with the physical visual pieces, and like the fact that sound can go out into a big space. Although seemingly quite different, the focus in my sound compositions continues to be based on the human experience, sometimes of dis-ease, though less explicitly. I have also returned to drawing. I intend to carry on working with traditional methods and technology together.”