Alex Wanders

Alex Wanders is a Tasmanian College of the Arts 2016 Honours Graduate. His work investigates the possibility of developing a secular painterly language for these particular experiences.

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Alex Wanders is a Tasmanian College of the Arts 2016 Honours Graduate

These Undone images are based on the work of the psychologist and philosopher William James, who identified a particular type of ‘spiritual’ experience which he proposes is common to us all, but is not necessarily connected to any particular religious or spiritual belief. He describes these experiences as those fleeting moments when familiar objects or sights seem to take on an added significance, filling us with a sense of a profound but ambiguous mystery lying hidden beneath the outward appearance of things.

 My work investigates the possibility of developing a secular painterly language for these particular experiences. The strategy I have employed is to ‘undo’ ordinary objects such as windows and doors from their functional setting, and picture them instead leaning idly against the walls of narrow interior spaces. Through a careful use of colour, light and shadow, I intend these functionless thresholds to resonate with a sense of the inexplicable mystery described by James. As such, these Undone images act as an invitation, crafted as eloquently as possible, for the viewer to join in the investigation of this intriguing area of human experience. – Alex Wanders 2016