Sam Novis

Untitled, #1-3, 2022

German Expressionism was an art movement in the 20th century that placed emphasis upon the artist’s inner thoughts and ideas rather than accurately depicting reality. It was characterised by simple shapes, high angles, surrealist sets, and chiaroscuro lighting, which created a strong and dramatic mood. Influenced by German Expressionism whilst also referring to the work of Escher with his gravity defying staircases and the impossible Penrose triangle, this work aims to be unusable, perplexing, and disorientating. Through the use of repetition and a focus on formal relationships, the aesthetic impact of these dream-like illusions has been increased and the vertical and horizontal have become confused. Therefore, commenting on notions of authenticity between the real and architectural fantasy.