Please join us the evening of Thursday, October 12 at Arusha Gallery for the opening receptoon of «Through a Glass Darkly», an exhibiton of oil paintings by Pippa Young. We are looking forward to celebrating this striking new series of work, which will be on view at the gallery until November 5th.
To see 'through a glass darkly' is to have an obscure or imperfect vision of reality
This body of work is about representation, identity and visual language.
We see the world, not as it is, but as we are. I am interested in percieved, meditated and constructed realities — what we percieve to be true, what the outer world tells us is true, and our inner constructed truths. Often, I wonder, how far do these resemble reality at all?
I am interesteed in the surface and illusion both in a pscychological sense and in a painterly sense. To me, the act of painting is a microcosm of a wider experience.
The phrase, 'through a glass darkly' is biblical, from Corinthians, and first appeared in the King James translation. Modern trasnaltions use the word 'mirror'. In the origional version the writer was probably referring to a piece of highly polished bronze which provided a reflective surface.
It has been said: «an artist's job is to hold a mirror up to the world», and: «every painting is a self-portrait of the artist». This collection of paintings is simultaneously both a reflection of the viewer and a representation of the painter, whilst the surface, mediated through an experimentation with visual langage, refers to a fragmented, illusory reality.