This painting focuses on Virtual Reality headsets and how they impact ‘real’ life. The technological paradigm shift with VR brings a level of human immersion – and arguably, human isolation – greater that any other personal technology.
I wanted to create a deliberate disparity in the composition of this painting between the inviting expression of the young woman (as if she is smiling at ‘someone’) and the emotionless context that surrounds her. On one hand you’re presented with her red hair, rich skin tones and bright, red t-shirt; and on the other you see that the context she’s in is completely devoid of colour.
In this age of highly realistic computer games and addictive social networks, social exclusion in virtual worlds is becoming more and more socially significant. Hopefully this painting goes some way to raise questions and prompt discussion around the way society is changing.