The Nintendo game character Donkey Kong Jr. became a leitmotif for my paintings and screenprints: a metaphor for the question of man’s illusory or limited freewill within a culture of existentialism; a figure who has a type of freedom within a set amount of options dictated by the game (Jump, Up, Left, Right, Down); the little monkey in continual turmoil until the game ends. Like the players in Shakespeare, Stoppard and Pirandello existence has its compass apparently limited to the mortal coil or extension of the play / game.
Computer games associate the screen with play,
yet through these images of play we subconsciously dally with ideas of
our position within in the universe.