Jenny McNamara

“​The way a 2D image is projected onto the retina and is built up into a 3D representation of the world by the brain fascinates me. I have been researching the science of perception and optical illusions and this has prompted questions for me into the interpretation of depth. Understanding the way people perceive visual scenes is invaluable because it better informs the creation of my work.

On the lowest levels of processing, visual elements like colour, scale, orientation and contrast edges are split up. There are groups of cells that only process colour and groups that only process motion and once all the separate features are processed, they are put back together and understood at higher levels of processing. Because of the way the brain immediately processes visual scenes in this modular way, considering one or two elements in isolation can promote a more direct aesthetic experience. This is why I use strong line, colour and pattern in my sculpture. I’m particularly interested in audience involvement, not by physical touch, but by manipulating the modular way the eyes and brain process vision.”