Ivan Smith

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This series of work emerges out of catastrophe, in this case Iraq. Individual images have been taken from the Internet, at exactly the same size and resolution and without interference. This provides the basis of a visual dialogue that is open to manipulation and ranges free from its source.

Duplicated en masse, and using a repeating pattern, the miniature images create a field of colour that is derived from the detail. Then when the eye is drawn to the single miniature images, a gateway into the macabre is opened and the relentless despair of human disaster is highlighted.

Death and destruction surround us as we go about our daily existence. Does this dialogue mask and undermine the source or are we informed,galvanized and proactive?

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