In this exhibition, McPherson continues her ongoing exploration into the relationship between the mysterious realms of deep space and deep sea, imagining dreamscapes set in these unknown, unexplored worlds. Dark waters are combined with celestial motifs such as stars, meteor showers, lightning bolts and the glowing colors of Aurora Borealis. These new works contain the artist’s signature palette of pinks and teals, with a higher contrast in color values. Inspired by the pale/albino or bioluminescent pigments of life forms found in environments with an absence of sunlight, her imagined beings from unknown reaches of the void take on a ghostly presence, their otherworldly appearance further enhanced by unnatural details—hair formed of water or tentacles on some, waterfalls or mists pouring forth from the eyes of others. The female figures are portrayed along with other creatures such as wolves, polar bears and umibozu (dangerous ocean spirits in Japanese folklore, which have appeared in McPherson’s previous works).
Wandering Luminations features a series of works on linen, wood and paper. The exhibition includes the first circular panel McPherson has ever painted as well as her largest-scale portrait, to date. In this dramatic piece, a larger-than-life female subject with pink hair gazes directly at the viewer as a light source from beneath casts ominous shadows on her face. Her blue-skinned body appears to be composed of water and she is surrounded by numerous glowworm strands—silken threads which hang from cave ceilings, dripping with beads of sticky glowing liquid to entice and trap the insects’ prey.