On eating cows
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Beheading of St John the Baptiste N2
Encaustic on board
50 x 60 cm (19.69 x 23.62")
Encaustic on canvas
50 x 60 x 2 cm (19.68 x 23.62 x 0.79")
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In 2010, I was introduced to the conceptual ideas of the computer virus by my college teacher Andrea di Castro. As becoming a video artist was the reason why I had decided that attending college was worth it, I studied full time at his workshop. My biggest concern was how to make my paintings and videos interactive without the need of specialized software.
I decided to hinge my biggest passions, art and video games, by using opposites: painting and video. Besides the idea of the virus, I incorporated the concept of the Eater Egg, which stands for a hidden secret, item or level inside a computer game or program. After reading Neuromancer I also understood the internet as a space instead of a medium. Hence, virtuality was also a space (This idea changed radically some years later).
I have always thought that paintings are very similar to computer screens. Paintings are like screenshots, and a screenshot wether it shows a video game or software, always maintain the idea of gameplay and interaction, even if it is no longer available. Embracing relationism with my works was a must. I
I wanted to paint classical themes that could be perceived as playable when seen, and looped videos that hid different narratives in them, like easter eggs.