This is Stone (8302)

Dorian Melton,
Duncan, BC

Dimension

30" x 30"

Médium

manipulated photography mounted on aluminum panel

This image records the textures and colours of one particular sedimentary rock found on Mount Tzouhalem in the Cowichan Valley. I do only enough work in Photoshop (minor colour enhancing and simple mirror effect) to allow the stones to share their own story.
By mirroring the random texture of the stone surface around a central vertical axis, the resulting image often seems to depart from its original source in the outer world. It begins to act as a portal to the viewer’s inner world, inviting a wide range of exotic themes from the sacred to the profane in the viewer’s mind, due in part to a phenomenon known as pareidolia.

This is Stone (8302)

Dorian Melton,
Duncan, BC

À propos de l'artiste
À propos de l'artiste

Dorian Melton
Duncan, BC

As a graphic artist, illustrator and fine artist, I have worked in a fairly traditional fashion for most of my life. My approach to art has been quite conventional, beginning with observation, followed by drawing or painting using traditional media: pencil, paints, etc. Recently, after experiencing a years-long gap in my personal artistic production, my inner creative “magnetic north” demonstrated that it had shifted significantly. Since moving to Vancouver Island from Toronto in 2017, my attention has been drawn to the expressive potential of natural textures found in my local environment. Rocks, scrap building materials, rust and even cracks in pavement seem to compel me to capture an image, even though the end result of the process cannot yet be visualized. The textures in the reference photos that I take only begin to reveal their secrets after I spend time experimenting with the tools available in my digital studio.

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