Paradise is personal and universal. Artists can bring a vision for the viewer to immerse in and ultimately consider what their paradise is, what they hope for and what they dream of. In a world full of reasons to be disappointed, disoriented, fearful or much darker emotions, one can find great solace in such hope and wonder.
The concept of paradise is held in the term as a place, but can equally be a state of mind. Both are subjective but there is an underlying agreement that it is a place of beauty and bliss. Paradise is many things to many people and only determined by individual perceptions or expectations, however paradise has recurring themes and imagery that have generally remained constant throughout history. Paradise can be ephemeral as it is a rarely a place of constant existence. In this way paradise becomes addictive, as it is reached and then lost it drives one to return or replace.
Eric Sesto’s paintings bring such contemplation to this subject without didactics. The paintings structure work with the rhythmic and playful to allow a viewer to overlay their own vision or dreaming. Sesto’s paintings give direction without the sense of being overly contrived, as if the artist is dreaming as the works evolve. These paintings are peaceful and allow for time, and, once given, it leads to bright thoughts and reminds us of the pleasure in painting itself.
Paradise is let to be whatever an individual may choose whilst looking at the paintings and yet it feels like Sesto is an artist that finds such a place in his practice. Sesto’s pleasure in process feels hopeful. If we are to hold an artist's duty as being ‘to give a better vision of the world’ then Sesto’s paintings are a marker to aspire.
Exhibition: Wed 17 Jan - Sun 4 Feb 2018
Opening Night: Fri 19 Jan 2018
Paradise Snakes, synthetic polymer on MDF, 2017, 1200 x 1200 mm.
Jungle Free Flow, synthetic polymer on MDF, 2017, 600 x 900 mm