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Illusionary Room Paintings Look Like Cast Shadows

Not everything is always as it seems in this series titled Light Installations. Artist Mary Temple redefines a room without taking up any space. She paints expertly administered silhouettes that give the impression of a shadow being cast from a window. Upon entering one of her painting installations, Temple forces the audience to question the site-specific art and “celebrate doubt.”

Temple began her illusionary three-dimensional lightscapes in 2002 and has applied her inventive series at different venues over the years. Each of the installations use silhouettes of natural landscapes, plants, and trees to not only give a realistic rendition of light flowing in from a window, but to fill the indoor environment with outdoor elements.

Check out the video, below, to gain some insight on the artist's process and thoughts behind her Light Installations series as she produces one of her illusionary works titled Northwest Corner, Southeast Light.

Mary Temple website
via [Nonsense Lab]


Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at major TV, film, and publishing companies as well as other independent media businesses. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies, reading, crafting, drawing, and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
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