What I Thought I Saw. What I Think I See
The artworks for this exhibition are inspired by E.H Gombrich's, Art and Illusion: A study in the psychology of pictorial representation. Of particular interest to Diddie is the author's discussion concerning the conditions of illusion focused upon how our expectations help or hinder the way we perceive the world.
"Thinking about this idea has made me more aware about where my ideas come from and how they are shaped. My own expectations, arising from imagination, knowledge, and personal experience, are not expectations in the sense of hopes I have for the future but rather expectations created in the past and informing the present which have an indefinite impression on the way I perceive things. The work in this show is born of ideas which arose when expectation created an illusion, a discursive thought, or an intense impression that went on to inspire a visual idea or aided in the process of making." - Megan Diddie