Andrew Pengilly’s work explores the observation of light. It addresses ways of seeing and is influenced by the practice of nineteenth-century painters and how the camera obscura and early photography shifted thinking on vision.
His work reveals connections between the observation of the effect of light and the way an image of a place can be conveyed. The work explores not the representation of a place, but rather an experience and emotional response to the act of seeing. It highlights the disparity between what the observer and the camera can see.
The work explores narrative, building a sustained sense of the place from a series of abstract representations. The book form, which is central to Andrew’s practice, enables him to reveal a degree of complexity impossible in the single image. Above all the work aims to convey an impression of place that can be felt by the spectator, leaving any further levels of meaning ambivalent and open to interpretation..