The classical still life is re-imagined in Ocular/ Speculo.In this show we are offered a glimpse into the mind of the artist and the sensual world he depicts. Paintings like glass balls encases swirls of petals. It is an illusion; we are looking at the reflection of an imaginary room around us, a room filled with flowers.
The result is dramatic, decadent and steeped in melancholy while simultaneously representing the unpredictable nature of ideas. Finally, McGrath’s opulent virtual room / world is destroyed and broken into shards and triangles and reassembled into large kaleidoscopic paintings.