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Paul Selwood Construction zone

polyurethane on thin steel sheet

left panel: 244.2 x 122 cm; right panel: 244.2 x 122.5 cm

My Perspective cutouts series began in the 1980s when, drawing for a sculptural idea, I decided to cut away the background, leaving only the object depicted in order to better consider it as a three-dimensional form. Realising the potential of the enhanced illusion this produced, I made several more cut-out drawings in paper before deciding to make one in steel, my preferred material for sculpture. This introduced the illusion of mass and gravity. Further experimentation, using matte and gloss varnish to absorb and reflect light, enhanced the illusion further – in effect, projecting the forms forward into the viewers’ space; the opposite of traditional perspective.

Paul Selwood, 2021