While the black dots on the white surface do not depict anything, as in a traditional painting, the sense of space created within is similar to the use of traditional linear perspective. In Fragment 7, circles seem to flatten as they reach the centre of the canvas, to then enlarge again, creating the effect that the page is folding in along the middle.
In her early works, Riley endeavoured to recreate the wonder of seeing, without resorting to using representational imagery. Riley’s geometric patterns enable an exploration into the physiological and psychological responses of the eye.
Surprising and confounding the art world with her vivid paintings for seventy years, since Riley sprang to fame in the 60s, the artist has continued to explore the effects of form, shape and colour on the viewer.