Marker, painting by Jon Cattapan
Melbourne artist Jon Cattapan explores ways of representing urban topographies through the use of saturated fields of colour. His work often features incidents that hover in indistinct spaces and allude to surveillance and digital culture.
In 2008 Cattapan became Australia’s 63rd official war artist and was deployed to Timor-Leste where he utilised night vision technology as an aesthetic tool to create topographical and night-time landscapes. The works are cast in an eerie green tone which heightens the sense of unease in each scene. This is a method which he continued to explore on his return to Australia, as can be seen in Marker.