When not consistently losing a staring contest with the existential void and searching for loopholes in duality, Michael Raftos is compelled to draw arresting images.
Fascinated with the beauty and horror of the world, he spends a lot of time thinking about philosophy, psychology, history, spirituality, health and how to force feed these topics into his art like those poor geese in France.
He lovingly crafts intricate and surreal images using the most basic of media including a pencil and an eraser on illustration board. This presents an interesting challenge: to create an image that is striking and interesting without the benefits of special effects in an age of advanced technology and algorithms. It also gives us something interesting to look at in case someone accidentally turns the internet off.
“During the process of drawing I usually have a question in mid. In Seers I had two questions:
‘Is perception a creative process?’ and, ‘Is perception reality?’ ”
Seers is currently on display at Corner Store Merchants, 220 Barker St. Castlemaine.