Kate Shaw, 'Irrational Geographic'
Monday November 8, 2010·
Not yet gone are the days when you'll be out at a party having a grand old time frolicking and rollicking when oops! Someone hands you an absinthe concoction and before you know it you step out into the light of day and it looks like this. That is somewhat what it feels like to step into Irrational Geographic by Kate Shaw, sober.
Reminiscent of psychedelic images, Shaw's work is concerned with more than just the intangible beauty of nature, it also explores the incongruent relationship human beings have with it - one minute we're adoring it, the next defacing it. The layering of Shaw's images, enhanced by the juxtaposition of paper, glitter and paint on the surface, further suggests the complexity of our relationship with nature: do we really connect and understand a landscape when we photograph or depict it? Or are we merely tourists in an alien territory?
Visiting Irrational Geographic is a pleasantly stimulating way to ponder these questions - I can only imagine what answers you might come across if you were to visit it in a psychedelically aroused state.