The decorative embellished interiors of the rococco differ greatly from the stark pristine modernist architectural ideals of gallery spaces. The exhibition title 'Paradise Lost' referencing Milton's epic poem, alludes to a shift from rococco to modernism in the use of ornate decorative borders in contrast with the colourfield flattened abyss of the interior spaces.
In the title work, the triptych 'Paradise Lost' a further reference is made to early Netherlandish altar pieces, which have the ability to fold in on themselves to reveal another image painted on the back panels. Each work also employs the use of gestural brush work and metallic pigments. This preoccupation with a shifting image, through colour and light reflection continues throughout the exhibition.
BELEM LETT February 2016