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Kate Devlin illusio (illusions of reality)

Work by Kate Devlin
Work by Kate Devlin
Work by Kate Devlin
Work by Kate Devlin

Underpinned by the theory of existentialism, illusio explores the philosophical realm of a subjective reality and its influence on an individual’s search for purpose in human existence. Upon taking a closer look inside the life-size doorway, our image stares back at us in the mirror and reminds us that we are the opportunities the world presents. illusio essentially denotes a surreal image of existence – an image so bizarre we are instinctively inquisitive about whether it is merely a mirage or whether it is a tangible reality.


Loreto Normanhurst



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