PETER DYSON

Visual Artist working in River Studios


What appealed to you most about your studio space when you first saw it?

I was working with video almost exclusively at the time and I was attracted by the opportunity of controlling the light conditions. 

 

How have you made this space your own?

I’ve decked the walls with some of my paintings, put in a canvas storage rack and built, for a time, a projection ‘room’ within the space.

 

What do you create or make in your studio?

During my recently completed MFA candidacy, I mainly used the space to construct and test the various components for my installations. Currently, I am using the space for a diverse range of tasks from sorting through my archive to developing schematics for new projects.

 

What is your favourite item in your studio at the moment?

A painting I did a while ago that is high up on one wall. It contains an image of a woman’s head that is painted in a clear varnish on a black ground and is only visible from certain angles. I like the fact that she is there all the time but only visible ephemerally.


About Peter

"Beginning in television production then a long career in graphic design operating medium size practices to now a very small one working predominantly in book design. 

"My venture into fine art only began a decade ago with a return to university for a degree in visual arts (sculpture), then honours in fine art, followed by a master of fine art by research in photomedia. I have shown locally and internationally across a range of disciplines including painting, sculpture, installation, video and conceptual work.

"I am driven by a fascination with cognitive theory and intrigued by the illusion – and allusion – with which language, and non-textual signifiers, can create narrative.  I intend to provoke, manipulate or challenge the viewer – rendering with text, illusion, symbolism and metaphor – whilst examining the boundaries of perception, human consciousness, and temporal perception.

"The MFA research investigated the role of the viewer's transcendence from spectator to performer in participatory video installation. This considerably influences and continues to embellish, the other facets of my art practice. Current projects include: a video essay of the Melbourne port area; an historical tableau based on my father’s war diaries; and developing a smarter, more gallery-friendly version of my MFA installation."