Portal 17, Michelle Xen, 2022, fluorescent pigment and synthetic polymer on cotton rag.

Portals is an experimental painting series commenced by Michelle Xen in late 2022.

Created using fluorescent pigment on 100% cotton, the artworks have ultraviolet properties depending on their light source. The works are complex to produce and only selected images from the series are included: the numerical title of the work is determined by the order of production.

Each work exists as an original artwork and a digital artefact on the Ethereum blockchain playing directly with the immediacy and permanency of the work.

Portals is also the title of the 2023 solo exhibition held at Side Gallery, Red Hill, Australia.