Landscapes 4: Container Port, Hudson Bay, NY (2018, mixed media)

In this departure from the more bucolic themes of Landscapes 1 and 2, and showing a development from the split urban/rural consciousness of Landcsape 3, this striking work uses an unusual technique fusing and tearing the thickly-painted paper to create mirrored shapes present in their absence and ‘reflected’ around the fold and tear.

Container Port brings the artist’s love of the natural work into sharp focus through a blend of her characteristic watercolour ‘impasto’ with dynamic crayon lines, which leap from the page around the white shapes on the ‘horizon’. The effect is of industrialisation thrown into relief by the lively forces of sky, sea and wind. In our age of globalised late capitalism and widespread industrial pollution it remains a touchingly optimistic vision.

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