The work: Taj Alexander, RF_05, 2019. Pigment and synthetic polymer on poly-cotton linen blend, 88 x 67cm.
Iridescent and illusive mark-making prompt a subjective response from Taj Alexander’s RF_05. Taj’s artistic process has developed over the years as an exploration of illusion and perception. On RF_05 Taj says, “Textures and concepts emerge like fieldnotes that later connect directly to actual environments and remembered experiences”. Through its medium, the work acts as a process of rediscovering internal landscapes. Layers of meaning are created through the use of fluorescent pigments and synthetic polymer mediums, which are scraped back to reveal the vibrant undertones of pink and blue. The synthetic dark purple pigments emit light, creating a luminous, surreal effect that reveals some marks while masking others. The jarring of brushstrokes halts the viewer and prompts them to stop and look into the layers. The space at the top and left of the work is disturbed only by a sweeping geometric form which similarly runs through the work on the right. Everything in this work has been designed to allure. From colour to composition, RF_05 is captivating and sublime.