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The New Distortion. There are the innate, uninvited forms of distortion, never far away, emerging through disease and mutation which inhabit societal, psychological or corporeal spheres and can engender suffering. There is the all too present contrived distortion of information via media channel, the distortion derived from lies and subterfuge that can create confusion, chaos and even terror. This distortion can divert us from - or conversely direct us towards - the so-called ‘truth’. A contrived distortion can, however, also hold potential for enlightenment - for example, the overdriven signal from an electric guitar where the clean sound of the strings becomes a corrupted but exhilarating noise. Needless to say within painting exist both innate and contrived distortions. An image encountered in the world and interpreted with a brush will be a distortion of that image however ‘faithfully’ it is transcribed. It is not possible for the painted image to circumvent an inherent distortion, and it is here that there is innate distortion although (hopefully) not one that creates (too much) suffering. Within these paintings the original intimate content from the photographic source material is able to persist enabled by both this innate ‘distortion of painting’ together with the imposition of a contrived distortion, one partly engendered by the digital swamp - this being the contrived distortion that might divert and confuse or might serve to enlighten if we’re in luck.