Black Matrix
Often when Batcules paints abstract forms and landscapes she utilizes the title of the work as a take off point for the viewer to begin the journey of embracing ideas that are not visibly recognizable in the “real world.” In this case, the title “Black Matrix” explores the idea of the societal matrix. The primary black and white palette expresses the notion of what can be viewed as black and white while the mathematically proportioned grid composition opens the idea of looking at how the many parts make up the whole. Each pod or section within the matrix is customized to express individual personalities living within the matrix community. Different techniques, materials and in some cases colour palettes are used within each square to create distinct emotional expressions and reactions. Some squares have patterns of rotating brushstrokes surrounding openings reminiscent of black holes to create a vortex of feelings while others have toilet paper-mache landscapes giving a sense of a torn textured landscape and brightly coloured palette inserts taken from past work enliven the idea of the individual spark and spirit that can form in solitude. Ultimately the idea is to suggest that each person is unique and individual – with an immortal soul - not just a cog in a wheel – otherwise known as the construct of society – or the “Matrix.” We each have the ability within to find true freedom.
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