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Process diary

Tessa Magliano

Northern Beaches Secondary College, Freshwater Senior Campus

Artwork title
Self-deception
HSC year
2012
ARTEXPRESS year
2013
Expressive form
Graphic design
Artist’s statement

These images are not photographs. They are digital paintings, created stroke-by-stroke from scratch. My artwork concerns the self-deceptive power of human intelligence, and what we accept as genuine at first glance. The illustrations serve as a primary example of this self-deception: they’re convincing enough that at first glance they’re assumed to be photographs. The animals in these paintings aren’t real either – but reality is a concept created exclusively by humans, as is intelligence. Our occupation with knowledge distracts from the truth that these concepts are all human creations that exist only within our minds.