Joseph Calleja


The old Leith Theatre


‘Paint is rarely seen as an object itself. It adheres to what it hides and essentially becomes the hidden object’.

Depositum was inspired by the paint on the ceilings of 77 Mgarr Road Qala. Moisture, sunlight and gravity caused paint to flake and fall. The artist has collected these flakes and merely represented them hovering on pins above the ground where they would have eventually been deposited. ‚ÄčDepositum reconsiders paint not in aesthetic or expressive terms. Yet how the work unfolds, an unintended and unplanned aesthetic seems to emerge, and emotive expression makes way for the expression of the idea.