July 22, 2020

What is this Life? What is this world?

Ronan Cahill, 44

What is life? What is this world? Where does my digital art come from? Exile, erosion of Identity, imagined worlds, and particle physics are central themes. Universes of particles scattered all around. My work represents a digital space I can own, in which I can ask great questions of myself and the world, and a place I can retreat to and hide from that world. Lost worlds collide, are destroyed and created, in various stages between development and falling apart, mirroring our own trials, and victories in life. I’m a self-taught artist and have worked as an engineer for 20 years. I paint traditional paintings, watercolour, acrylics, oils. I photograph these paintings, and use them to create new media art. I cannibalise my art. I then take the parts on a subconscious walk through digital technology at night when I’m too tired for rational thought allowing the subconscious to take over. Paintings are subconsciously cut, pasted, and manipulated, into new media, and eventually come out unrecognisable. Layer is added to layer until a finished piece appears. I use approximately 150 layers per painting. I gilcee print only one of each on quality paper. Themes aren’t always fully understood by me.

Intro, 2019Digital60cm x 60cm