Going and Returning – All that we see and feel are real.
The world is conveyed to you only through your senses and we make sense of it all through the pervasive connectivity of brain circuity.
The idea that we are the absolute, the only, the source of perception, that we create everything that we see and feel is both slightly crazy and also true. In attempting to deal with the content of conscious experiences, I thought about calling the retrospective That Dear Old Back Road as it was about returning here to Ireland and about memory and about the world that is conveyed to us through our senses.
Explaining what a painting is ‘about’ is a mistake but it is fair to discuss the areas in which the painting is working. If you have chosen painting as an art you have chosen to work within a language and a particular history. The paintings exist in different layers of reality and different modes so I mix flatness and grids and perspective and ‘concrete’ and ‘realist’ but all these should be see within quotation marks.
Seek out the ghosts
As we live in a flattened world with twenty-four-hour lighting we must seek out the dark corners, the back roads – and here in Ireland is a good place for that – we have more dark corners and therefore more ghosts.
The world is precisely that thing of which we form a representation.
– Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Phenomenology of Perception
Artist and filmmaker David Fox was born in Dublin and spent his childhood in Killarney (and summer holidays in Kenmare). He always wanted to be an artist – even before he smelled oil paint. His family emigrated to Manchester (George Best was playing for United at the time!). He studied painting in Colchester and Bristol, and postgraduate painting at the Slade. He began making political art with The Poster-Film Collective in London and gave up painting for the next ten years (but kept drawing). Later he was a founder member of Faction Films.
He has directed and edited many documentaries for international television including for RTÉ, Arte, BBC & Channel 4. He returned to live in Ireland in 2004.