#99 Distal Other (Mona Lisa)
77x53 cm. | Filler, oak frame
Distal means situated away from the point of attachment. Science of perception uses the term distal stimuli for objects and events out in the world about you. As opposed to the proximal stimuli, which are the patterns of stimuli from these objects and events that actually reach your senses. From the proximal stimuli we form our perception of reality, even though it is very varying and limited. The stable experience we percieve is a contruction of the mind.
The paintings in the series share the same measures and a similar composition with the famous work by Leonardo da Vinci. The woman in his painting is placed in front of an open landscape. During the Renaissance the central perspective was rediscovered and the pictorial field was opened to depth, where it in western history of painting before had remained closed, or very narrow. But the enigmatic character of the painting might indicate that there is something problematic with this perception. It is as if she is somehow introducing us to the pictorial illusion of depth as such.
In psychology The Other is the radical counterpart to the self or the Subject. It is defined in critical theory as everything outside, or different from, the male, western hegemony. The figure in the foreground of the paintings, occupying the space of Mona Lisa, is shaped as an empty dark space. It could refer to the Other, as hidden, or veiled. Or in a contemporary discourse, the wish or demand to withdraw from the public gaze, by means of religous clothing as the niqab.
Mona Lisa series
This work is part of a three partite series.
Sign is an array of works that are more or less vaguely is resembling phenomena in reality. They are not representing specific things or places but utilises how perception is always searching for specific shapes, which is related to different categories in the language of the mind.