Pantheon Verisimilus

Greg Payce2007

Alberta Foundation for the Arts

Alberta Foundation for the Arts
Edmonton, Canada

In this work, Payce alters our experience of ceramic objects by moving away from an emphasis on the handmade, tactile quality of the medium towards a fascinating optical effect using lenticular photography; a technology that gives printed images the illusion of depth. Pantheon Verismilus, which depicts 40 vessels with implied male and female forms, is the artist’s first large scale image using this method. When viewed in person, it has a holographic-like appearance, an effect that is created by interlacing multiple images of an object from different vantage points. After the image is printed, plastic lenses are laminated to the surface and reflect portions of the image depending on the viewer’s perspective. As the viewer shifts in relation to the photograph, the image is in flux, appearing three-dimensional. By using this technology, the artist is able to work on a monumental scale in a way that would not be practical in ceramics. The vessels take on an almost human scale, which in the words of the artist “heighten the physical and visceral relationship to the viewer’s own body scale.”


  • Title: Pantheon Verisimilus
  • Creator: Greg Payce
  • Date Created: 2007
  • Physical Dimensions: 162 x 544.1 x 0.6 cm
  • Rights: Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts
  • Medium: photography

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