It appears that more and more great artists are experimenting with shadow painting these days. British-born and based artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster are just two of them.
They used piles of everyday junk and bits of twisted metal and skillfully arranged them to create incredibly realistic shadows. Projecting light against the carefully constructed 3D rubbish heaps, they transformed them into something entirely different.
In one work, they spent six months using trash, two stuffed seagulls and a light projector to create a self-portrait of the pair smoking and drinking. They also once used trash and personal items, wood, light projector and light sensor to create the silhouettes of the artists’ heads in incredible detail.
The art of projection is a type of transformative art. The process of transformation, from discarded waste, scrap metal or even taxidermy creatures to a recognizable image, echoes the idea of “perceptual psychology.”
Noble and Webster are familiar with this process and how people evaluate abstract forms. Throughout their careers they have played with the idea of how humans perceive abstract images and define them with meaning. The result is surprising and powerful as it redefines how abstract forms can transform into figurative ones.
Noble and Webster both attended fine art courses in their respective universities. The two first met in 1986 as Fine Art students at Nottingham Trent University and became good friends through shared interests.
The pair’s works can be divided into the “Light Works” and “Shadow Works.” Ms Webster said, “We kept them both going side by side. There are two sides to the work: the shiny side and the dark side. That kind of reflects the two personalities within us.”