Peter Matthews

Painting Disappearance

2015. Latex paint, acrylic paint and velcro on wood. diameter. 8 paintings in series. Field notes and signed and dated on verso.

Inspired by the oceanographic practice of dropping secchi disks into the ocean as a way to measure spatial depth and water clarity, measuring depth at the point of visual disappearance with the disk, i was Intrigued to drop a painting into the ocean as a way to explore the forces and sensory experiences of visual perception, depth, space, light, touch and loss. Upon being sent down into the ocean by the forces of gravity playing on the painting's mass and form, the depth of where the painting disappears from sight are recorded while peering down into the unknown.

Video clip of a painting falling to the depths and out of vision from the surface looking down.