The Filter – Nicole

Human perception and light became my subjects of interest through my pursuit of  a series of explorations. I focused on light which controls our perception of the environment, and allows other human sensibilities to interact with each other. Just like the human eye acts as a filter to determine visual perception, the form also acts as a filter in observing the environment in which it is placed. This filter fragments, frames and manipulates the view of the observer. Our human perception is never static; it always shifts and has a narrow scope. The individual shapes control what an observer sees. A particular view is broken into many parts and the individual can observe the environment through the means presented. Perception can be skewed according to the observer’s viewing angle of the filter. I have observed the existence of the duality of light. It can be grand, yet beautiful, fragile, yet powerful, and subtle, yet emotive. The filter aims to fascinate the mind and enchant viewers, with the intention of engaging them in an experience created by their human perception and light.

Initially, I began with the exploration of the repetition of lines, forms and colours found in the moving, fusing and distorting of those elements in kaleidoscope designs. Modular origami allowed the creation of identical modules that are arranged and inserted into each other. I moved to a two dimensional concept because of my interest in the complexity of symmetry and geometry in visual patterns. Those works evolved into more three dimensional objects which saw the introduction of the element of light. The exploration of projections and distortions of those projections using light was an exciting venture, as I created objects based on uniformity, order and chaos.  Moving towards natural light, the series of explorations included the creation of multiple forms that became objects used to observe the changes in the environment due to natural light. The view was broken into segments which framed and manipulated the views.


The final piece involved the use of galvanized sheeting strips of varying widths that were shaped into regular and irregular forms and densely bonded, creating a tessellation result. The choice of the individual placement provides different channels in which an individual can peer through frames to observe a particular view or part of a view, as well as its changes due to light.





— Nicole Tang

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