DAVID PIRRIE

Artist Statement

curriculum vitae 

One of the constants in my work over the years has been a close analysis and detailed study of a subject, be it mountain topography, the human body, or car crashes. My recent works are like a scientific inquiry, playing on ideas such as codification and isolation. Like a form of cataloguing, the paintings and drawings are a type of meditation on nature, geography, technology, mapping, and violence.

Codification plays to the core of seeking knowledge, ascribing meaning, value and ranking. These ideas also play to the core of my being an artist, however, where I depart from the science of objectivity is trying to relay the emotional and physical situations where our need for accurate definition is way beyond our grasp”.

David Pirrie