“Justin DL describes his art practice as an evolving process through which he creates abstract paintings, drawings and mixed media prints influenced by ‘found’ family photographs. The artist combines traditional handcraft and print-based techniques with contemporary digital technologies.
By continuously building upon a personal archive of visual media, the artist’s own abstractions consequently become the inspiration for new work and gradually, over time, a portfolio of motifs are created; one with an indeterminate beginning and a future of diverse possibilities.
Due to the nature of the artist’s source material, Justin DL’s practice may appear to explore semi-autobiographical strands, however, the images predominantly depict situations at which the artist was not present. An initial sense of intimacy juxtaposed with what was actual physical distance gives rise to a speculative tension, and this tension is explored both through visual themes and by the constructive processes by which Justin creates his works.
The ‘found’ family photograph already has an independent history and significance, but can also be seen as an objective form, with the potential for transposition through abstraction.”