Peripheral vision is a primary component of perception. It’s the things we think we see, what we sense without actually capturing with our eyes. This idea is also at the heart of the impulse to make art – to create visions of things that go beyond direct sight, to engage with the less tangible things that exist beneath the surface of everyday reality. This is something that Lana Renfroe addresses directly in her ambitious installation. She is concerned with the elusive nature of looking and uses the darkened environment to focus on the act of viewing.

It is a daring act to make art that relies upon the subjective experience of others, as at the core is a sense of trust on both sides of the equation. We must open our eyes to the artist’s vision as much as the artist needs to trust in her audience. Renfroe’s project shares an impulse with artists such as Bill Viola and Gary Hill, whose immersive environments function as sophisticated reflections of perceptual phenomenon.

The piece also marks an exciting shift for Renfroe, who had previously been working in the more traditional realm of ceramics, creating geometric forms that explored a more formal sense of purity. Yet perhaps the use of very different materials – light, video, mirrors and electronic components – is more logical than it may first appear. Renfroe’s practice taps into a basic interest in expressing a vision that in reality is so difficult to pin down.