Robert Pepperell investigates the nature of the conscious mind through painting and drawing, scientific experimentation and philosophical inquiry.
He has exhibited at Ars Electronica, the Barbican Gallery, Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art, the ICA, and the Millennium Dome, and published several books, including The Posthuman Condition (1995 and 2003) and The Postdigital Membrane (with Michael Punt, 2000), as well as articles, reviews and papers, and is Professor of Fine Art at Cardiff School of Art & Design.
Many of Pepperell’s paintings and drawings induce an indeterminate mental state in which what we see cannot be matched with what we know. Instead of recognizable objects the viewer is presented with — what the art historian Dario Gamboni has called — a ‘potential image’ containing a multiplicity of possible meanings, none of which ever finally resolves.
More recent work attempts to capture the experience of looking at objects in the world using a new form of ‘natural perspective’ based on the structure of human vision. The aim is not to record what is in the world, but the experience of seeing the world from an embodied point of view.