mr Peter Hardie
Peter Hardie: artist statement
My work is driven by the observation and reaction to specific moments in time and place of landscape. In the current work this is willow trees swaying in the wind, reflecting on a rippling river. The sensations derived from the aspects of form, colour, light and movement in these scenes are the driving force in my work. The intention is making images, still and moving, which creates specific optical, sensation based experiences.
There is no narrative in my still or animation work. Usually it has a fixed view with movement derived from the environment; the flow of the river, the swaying of the trees for example. I am observing general movement with small seemingly random secondary, movements reoccurring. It is contemplative and reflective.
Central to my practice is the use of the tools and techniques available in three dimensional computer animation systems; all the development and image making are within the virtual environment of such a system. To obtain the final, still and moving images, there follows an interplay between the realism and the abstract and mark making qualities inherent within such systems. Painting or photography is not directly involved in the output; there is no brush stroke, gesture mark or pixel visible. This informed by the core visual activity of looking and observing.