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Tina Hope

Ku-ring-gai High School

Artwork title
Negative illumination theory
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Expressive form
Collection of works
Artist’s statement

I investigated how an audience’s 'point of view’ and their perceptions affect the dimensions and shadows in an artwork. Both light and shadow are intangible; they can be easily manipulated from minimal to extreme. How we view shadow – the 'negative’ effect or the lack of light – depends on the direction and intensity of its source. As we move around the object, our point of view changes.

Darkness, or shadow, is the opposite of light. From the shadows it is perceived as darkness; from a position in the light, it is shadow. That is my negative illumination theory.