My still life paintings explore the perception of light through objects in space. The interplay of light travelling through objects both translucent and opaque creates unique patterns of shadows and reflections, which play an integral part in each of my compositions. The shadows are the essence of the objects themselves and connect them individually to each other, while the reflections symbolize the duality of reality; the world we see is not always the same as the world that truly exists. The shadows serve as a connection between the physical and the spiritual.
This duality of the physical and spiritual worlds is further explored in my interior paintings, in which windows and doorways act as a portal between the two. Each composition joins the reality of the interior spaces I have physically occupied and connected with, (in this case the home of the late renowned Australian artist Sir Arthur Boyd) in a montage of landscapes both perceived and imagined, overlapped and intertwined.
Peta Minnici 2023
Image: Incandescence 2023, oil on canvas, 112 x 112 cm