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Tessa Magliano Self-deception

Work by Tessa Magliano
Work by Tessa Magliano
Work by Tessa Magliano
Work by Tessa Magliano

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.

School

Northern Beaches Secondary College, Freshwater Senior Campus

ARTEXPRESS year

2013

HSC year

2012

Process diary

Work by Tessa Magliano
Work by Tessa Magliano
Work by Tessa Magliano
Work by Tessa Magliano
Work by Tessa Magliano
Work by Tessa Magliano
Work by Tessa Magliano
Work by Tessa Magliano
Work by Tessa Magliano
Work by Tessa Magliano