In Constructions of Reality, Robertson uses the panoramic image to investigate the notion of fantasy within our reality. She specifically looks for the point of failure within the image, where the image is blurring or lost, and where voids and fissures are created.

By inverting the images, Robertson challenges the audience’s perception of reality, inviting them to contemplate the filter by which they view the world, thereby hinting at an alternate interpretation.

Robertson says:

My work revolves around the photograph and images taken on my mobile phone, its camera set to panoramic mode.

I am aiming to create images that offer movement and blurring, a poor, low quality image where clarity blurs into abstraction.

I am interested in questioning where reality, in this case, the image of a mundane street scene, opens up and offers us a glimpse of another. I search for the point where this transition occurs and how this can be achieved and heightened through image making. By inverting these images I attempt to heighten this illusion where one crosses to the other. The inverted image takes you from mundane reality into this potential world of fantasy.

Time and movement are important elements in the work and through movement, time not only becomes visible but becomes essential in the unravelling and viewing of the image, The repetition in the image a signifier of time present and visible, staccatoed and slowed.

Whilst hints at perception and alternate states are an invitation rather than an enforcement and are there to lure you, to suggest but not to dictate.

About the Artist

Kim Robertson is a recent graduate from the Royal College of Art in London with an MA in fine arts specializing in print, and has been based in Abu Dhabi for 10 years. She works across photography, print, video and installation and her most recent works have taken the form of the digital panoramic print. She exhibits both in the UAE and London and regularly teaches in the UAE.