Spirit, Nature & Technology

Alan McKee

Alan McKee’s work, which combines digitized photography and advanced techniques of image manipulation using the computer with a strong mystical feeling for nature belongs to a distinguished tradition that now stretches back for more than 150 years. One can imagine some of these images serving as maquettes for scenes in Mozart’s Magic Flute, or for Klingsor’s garden in Wagner’s Parsifal. This suggests that the spectator's relationship with them is not static, but shifting and dynamic. These images are quite likely to suggest sounds, as part of the total experience.This is a factor that helps strengthen the link between McKee’s work and the tradition to which I have already referred.