Landscapes 3: Home Counties (2018, mixed media)

In this dynamic addition to the ‘Landscapes’ series the artist departs from her usual thickly-textured ‘impasto’ technique to develop her watercolour work in a softer and more light-filled direction. The work retains Williams’ characteristic energy and movement, though, through the addition of powerful lines toward the lower part of the work, in a deep crayon tint, suggestive of speeding traffic or urban sprawl.

The result is paradoxical, poignantly nostalgic and fiercely forward-looking, evoking classical notions of Arcadia while grounding itself in the explosive (and often highly political) power of urban graffiti art to disrupt our settled notions of urban or rural beauty. It is a richly-layered intervention in the contemporary debates around population, urbanisation and the Green Belt.

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