1996, oil on canvas, 52 x 67cm

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In the rendering of a found photograph into this life-sized painting I smudged an area between some of the white cage bars, and decided to let the paint dry before returning to fill in the spaces with the correct lilac-coloured background. After doing this the paint dried slightly darker and was annoyingly noticeable, meaning I had to repaint several times to get it right. This accident led into the conception of the subsequent human-scale cage paintings, which play with the competing realms of background and foreground, surface and three-dimensionality, in various perceptually challenging variations.