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Keith Maxwell


Pixel Premise is an installation of over 200 mirror tiles. The mirrors are installed on the forest floor to reflect the canopy and snippets of the sky in kaleidoscopic complexity. They grow, like a rash, from the edges of a disintegrating fallen tree. To accommodate the idiosyncratic lyre birds, each tile is elevated to 80-120cm on a thin central stake.

To experience the work, your eyes dart across the reflective squares to piece together a fractured picture of the rainforest. Each time your eyes move from a reflection to the real thing they refocus, creating a disjointed experience that varies during the day as the angle of the sun changes.

Pixel Premise reflects my anxiety of a digital future in which nature plays second fiddle to the screen and people are OK with a mere reflection of the natural world. It is about what is lost as our global population continues to grow and technology governs more and more of our lives.

“Solitude in the presence of natural beauty and grandeur, is the cradle of thoughts and aspirations which are not only good for the individual, but which society could do ill without.”
-Philosopher John Stuart Mills

Acrylic and timber.