“Gone” | Oil on canvas | 20 x 30 inches | Painted 2012 (Completed 2016) by Matt Cauley

Multiple explores an undefined period of time.

By repeating the same model throughout the work, there is some question as to whether the subject is there in the present or if they might be experiencing a long past distant memory. Perhaps they have a sense of restlessness brought on by an external force, or moments of uncontrollable discomfort or joy. It could even be something as simple as someone patiently waiting for a friend to arrive, or the anxiety one feels of some as of yet undelivered news.

The settings are sparse, permitting the viewer to bring their own interpretations to the event depicted, and to the duration of how it unfolded.

Earlier in 2016, I had the opportunity to revisit older, unfinished works. “Gone” is an example of my earlier explorations of using the same model in multiple settings. The viewer is tasked with deciding if it’s the same person, a twin, sisters, a memory or projection, or something else…

The Multiple concept is something I continued to explore in more recent works, including new paintings currently in the works.

Oil on canvas,
20 x 30 inches,
Painted 2012 (Completed 2016) by Matt Cauley.


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