This large painting (oil on canvas, 5 x 3 meters) was commissioned by the London County Hall. The painting is divided in three spaces: the first space is the inside of a flat. There is a figure standing, observing the scene. Its refection can be seen in the window. The second space is a terrace upon which a mother with her two children are looking at the view. A window separates the first and second space but it is mostly transparent, and therefore the separation between inside and outside is blurred. The third space is the view of the city with the River Thames and the Westminster Bridge on the left, the building of the County Hall on the right . The bridge and the roads are intentionally empty. I wanted to create a quiet and timeless scenery, prone to meditation, and from which the beauty and energy of London would gradually emerge.
The painting explores the usual distinction between subject and object. We usually make a distinction between "me" (the subject) and the world outside me. The painting questions this usual perception. Today the painting hangs inside the County Hall in London. When the observer stands in front a the painting and consider his action, he will think "I am now looking at a painting hanging inside the County Hall". So clearly, he is a subject and the object is the painting. Now if he forgets about himself and looks at the painting, he will see a woman looking at a view and looking at the County Hall. If he look attentively, the observer will also see (in the middle panel) a reflection in the glass of a figure looking at the view. So while the viewer is the subject, he also the object of the painting. Ultimately this painting tries to offer to the viewer the experience of a dissolution of inner and outer worlds, a moment where the concepts of inside and outside seems to overlap.
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These paintings are all about figure looking at a landscape . Actually they are not looking at anything in particular, neither are distracted by anything, they are are simply being surprised to be, here and now. I try to paint this fleeting moment during which a person is aware of her existence, conscientious of her presence in the world.
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