Ceargio Bagenda

My artwork focuses on the exploration and relationship between painterly and tactile forms. Questions regarding how the use of varying surfaces to host visual imagery is explored repeatedly within my work. How does the form of the support surface affect the visual dialogue created by the paint that covers it? How does the paint that covers my sculptures affect the reading of the sculpture? These questions are integral for understanding how the forms that embody the support surface directly impact the visual narrative and reading of the graphic forms. Conversely, how the visual imagery affects the form of the support surface. Thus, the relationship between the visual and tactile forms within a work of art is vital for the creation and interpretation of its meaning and should be both equally considered. I present these questions and ideas through my mixed media practices involving traditional mediums such as oil painting on canvas as well as new media installations using geometric sculptures and digital video projection mapping. My recent oil paintings incorporate low relief sculpture, providing me a support surface that juxtaposes alternate images with the painted imagery on top. Moreover, projection mapping has given me the ability to manipulate the perception of a surface’s structural composition entirely, by utilizing the capabilities of live video imagery and powerful projectors. All in all, not only do I create works that are both defined, rigid, and geometric, as well as forgiving, lively, and evocative, but through them invoke the importance of the surface just as much as the image presented on them.

LAUNCH Invitational

2019 - 2020,
Artist Resident