When the spectrum of electromagnetic radiation we recognize as light enters the eye, it activates a set of cells known as photoreceptors, causing them to fire and sending electrical signals down the optic nerve and into the brain. This raw information is then processed and interpreted by a number of complex processes, the exact workings of which still remain unclear. Yet there is little doubt: it is literally how we see the world.
It is this role of light – that of genesis, discovery, unveiling the new – that informs the practice of New Zealand multimedia artist, Kristin O’Sullivan Peren. As Peren herself notes, “you cannot see light unless there is darkness.” Continue reading