Seven Sisters, Three Men and a Boat
‘Seven sisters, Three men and a Boat’ is a re-interpreted landscape with distorted perspectives of time and space that lends a dreamlike quality to the picture. The well known coastline is transformed by the presence of a modern container ship that dwarfs the beauty of the view with its man-made shape and colour: a stamp of our time.
The three men in the rowing boat is intended to bring in a different dimension altogether. Jerome K. Jerome, the 19th century author’s book was meant to be a serious travel guide of the River Thames, but ended up being an example of timeless British wit. The humour that I hoped to evoke with the ‘sunset’ the boat is heading towards, which may also be interpreted as a buoy. I ‘placed’ the ‘three men’ in the picture to counter-balance the scale of the landscape and the hugeness of the ship (the ‘Boat’ in the title). Putting it all in perspective for the viewer: humaneness should still be at the heart of things.
The painting is part of a 7 picture series that depicts the east and south 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’.