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Mark Waller Artist

For me, reality is a relative concept. We each construct a version of it that fits our beliefs, relationships and social structures. It seems that the structure that we have generally constructed for ourselves in Australia now is based on a very narrow view of reality, and is not designed to take us to a place beyond simply existing. We have designed a life of chasing our tails.

Seemingly just out of reach however, yet tantalisingly close, is another world. In this world there is an easy access to lives lived with wonder and celebration. The porthole to this magical place is in insignificant events and places and is unnoticed in our scramble for survival and our obsession with collecting “stuff”. The paradox is that these simple events and places have a complexity and power beyond imagination. They can transform our reality.

My paintings are about elevating these simple moments where we can just be.  Tiny discoveries are laden with wonder and life.  They are for many of us though, unseen.  They need to be documented, highlighted, embraced and savoured.  They are the “real” world, and for me, an antidote to the one humanity has constructed.

Painting these moments allows me to surrender to ”being”.  I wallow in these moments.  They are my sanity and solidity. They are the answer.

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