See the Unseen
Is seeing believeing or believing is seeing?
As an artist, I have to believe that I can make the otherwise invisible images in my head visible for everyone. That is what we do and that is why we try to come up with something unique, something original, something that has never seen by anyone, not even by us, artists.
Also, seeing is just part of believeing. When we look at something, we only see a reflection of it under specific circumstances. We do not use all our senses to experience something real and even then that reflection is limited by our very eyes. The spectra of light that goes unnoticed by human beings is often seen by other animals and a few chosen ones of us. We call this spectrum of light the ‘ultraviolet’.
The use of ultraviolet technique in imaging sheds light to wherever we would otherwise be unable to behold a single ray of it, enriching the overall experience of visual perception by adding a brand new dimension to it. We can see colors that we would not be able by any other means, different contours, shapes and patterns reveal themselves. As if we were locked in a dark room since birth with a black and white TV and suddenly someone opened the doors to have a look at the outside, the real world.
Seeing - therefore, at its best - is only believing that there is a lot more to see.
When ultraviolet went mainstream, it quickly turned into a cheap commercial stunt, a gimmick to be used in discos and clubs as an effect among many other lighting technologies. Science, however, has been using the ultraviolet technique in many areas of our lives we would not imagine, but they were not meant to be spectacular by any means.Art has just been rediscovering the technique, thanks to constantly developing technology.
My mission with using ultraviolet and other photoluminescent techniques in my art pieces is to elevate those fantastic and largely unused colors back into where they should belong: something that we can enjoy, something that opens up our perception to the world surrounding us.
By learning having a lot more things to experience that meets our mortal eyes, we might just have a better understanding of how the world really presents itself and that there are a lot more happening even on the surface than we imagined before. I am hoping that this experience will take us back to a more harmonic unison with nature and each other by revealing, presenting and sharing that extra dimension that further connects us.
Seeing should be believing there is room left for the invisible, believing is making the invisible visible.