Kaye Mc Garva

Illusion and Perception are the two main themes behind my work.

I align my practice with artists from a variety of movements, such as, “Light and Space” artists James Turrell and Robert Irwin and 60’s OP artist Bridget Riley.

I work non-figuratively, minimizing the “hand of the artist” so process and chance influence the final outcome. The paintings that result from the directional spray technique I employ have an uncanny resemblance to topographic photographs. They hover about the border between abstract and representational, appearing to be both familiar and strange at the same time.

My aim is to generate a physical response within the viewer in an effort to bring awareness to the role their body plays in interpreting visual information.

“WE THINK WE RECEIVE EVERYTHING AS IT IS, WHEN IN FACT WE ARE ACTIVELY PART OF CREATING THE REALITY IN WHICH WE LIVE. BUT WE ARE VERY MUCH UNAWARE OF DOING SO”. JAMES TURRELL

STATEMENT OF INTENT
Our perception of reality is unique to each of us, as we are individually responsible for constructing it. This theory is not new, and was first proposed by Plato in his Allegory of the Cave. Embracing the possibility that we have the power to alter our own perception, as we must do if we have constructed it ourselves, offers the potential to live more fruitful and rewarding lives.
My work is about exposing the common misconception that our eyes are only capable of viewing things objectively. The directional spray paint technique I use creates enigmatic illusions of spatial depth that blur the border between abstract and representational imagery. Through the viewer’s eyes, the seemingly objective information being sent to the brain for interpretation is disrupted by the illusion. The brain temporarily changes its perception of reality as it shifts from seeing the image as something very close up to something that could be very distant. This confusion can result in the viewer experiencing a physical response similar to a sense of vertigo, merely from looking at what is in fact a flat canvas.

BIO
Kaye was born in Hastings, New Zealand, in 1960. She completed a Bachelors degree in History and Art History at Canterbury University, followed by several years traveling overseas forging a career in the food industry. Upon returning, Kaye established a successful commercial baking venture in Auckland with her husband, Richard Tollenaar.
After selling the business the family moved to Hawkes Bay where Kaye enrolled in the Visual Art & Design degree at EIT, fulfilling a long held ambition to study art. She graduated from EIT, Ideaschool, where she was the joint recipient of the Top Research Student Award and is now a full-time artist.
Kaye has shown her work in several joint exhibitions, a successful solo show at a+e gallery and was a finalist in the 2015 National Contemporary Art Awards.
(quote source http://www.zumtobelgroup.com/download/AR_2014_15_Turrell_TruthinLight.pdf)

Kaye McGarvar