David Lee Pereira - 'pfosphene'

Wednesday 26 June - Sunday 21 July 2019

Phosphene, the phenomena of seeing visual light and colours which do not exist. This collection presents a veneer of reality perceived through Pereira’s eyes, his canvases are windows into a parallel world, one that is affected by melancholia, a course of exploration into his sexuality, identity and curiosity of the natural and ephemeral world.

Whirlpool, a situation in which you lose control of what is happening, causing discomfort, a traumatic disturbance resulting in a drastic change. Vanga stated that the whirlpool or swirl can be a symbol of energy and force in reality, a threat of an impending shift, a force pulling you into the unknown, a surrender of the physical, mental, spiritual and sexual body which in turn results in the freedom of ‘self’.

Pupa, Desires of different kinds, always exist in our being until the last stage of enlightenment. Pfosphene is a reflection of a state of transition. I am a larvae searching for the sustenance I need to prepare myself for my metamorphosis, stuck in a state of ego, lusting for a release of suffering, which can never result in enlightenment. Lost within an endless circle of transition… a forever pupa.