Troubled Waters, Hazy Shore
This work was inspired by the estuary of the River Crouch and its shore, as it seemed to shimmer in the heat of the day when we approached from the unsettled sea. I have been trying to find a balance between ‘abstraction’ and ‘still self-explanatory’ imagery. By ‘upsetting’ the traditional landscape and ‘re-dressing’ it in the 60s’ applied art style, I was hoping to evoke that symbolic era and give the image a different narrative: A magical land’s hazy shore seen from the water, within easy reach.
The painting is part of a series that depicts the eastern and southern coast of England and was conceived during two boat trips I made in 2014 and 2015. They also reflect my uneasiness regarding the events that have been taking place in the Mediterranean: the exodus that is taking place to get to Europe, the treacherous boat trips, so many choose to undertake, in the hope of reaching the ‘promised land’.