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Kristin O’Sullivan Peren. As Peren notes, “you cannot see light unless there is darkness.”

International Year of Light Blog

When the spectrum of electromagnetic radiation we recognize as light enters the eye, it encounters a set of cells known as photoreceptors, activating and causing them to fire, sending electrical signals down the optic nerve and into the brain. This raw information is then processed and interpreted by a number of complex processes, the exact workings of which remain unclear. Yet there is little doubt. It is literally how we see the world.

It is this role of light – that of genesis, discovery, unveiling the new – that informs the practice of New Zealand multimedia artist, Kristin O’Sullivan Peren. As Peren herself notes, “you cannot see light unless there is darkness.”

Drawing on her history as a print maker, Peren’s recent personal work combines sculpture and light in a mesmerizing example of literal metaphor. The cast resin form of her installation Free Beauties pulses with the shifting light of…

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