Multidisciplinary in breadth, Vanessa Maltese’s practice deploys various forms of visual trickery as a way of questioning the relationship between perception and truth. Maltese is interested in the plasticity of the brain, and how conflicts of perception have the power to change our methods of thinking, even in common everyday experiences. Through their painting, sculpture and video works, Maltese uses familiar patterns and shapes to examine the psychoanalytic connections between pattern recognition and the subconscious.
Potato print no. 24 is from a series of on-going works born from the compulsion to keep busy during the covid-19 lockdown. Using the simple materials of paint and potatoes, Maltese creates these stamped drawings as a way to reconnect with primary approaches to artmaking that were foundational to developing early understandings of the world.