Drowned World II, 2019PaintingAcrylic on panel11.8 x 15.7 in (30 x 40 cm)Physical artwork
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These paintings relate specifically to drawings made in a series of 27 small sketchbooks over the summer of 2019. Every day for four months I drew the world around me, including memories and imagined situations. On trains, at the park, the beach, galleries, cafes, etc…I recorded hundreds of faces and places. In light of restrictions we all live with this summer, these drawings feel quite poignant and nostalgic, as faces are covered, gatherings limited and travel is complicated… The Human Nature sketchbook series inspired 28 small paintings and 6 larger works, including Drowned World I & II. The paintings retain a sense of the clean lined graphic quality of the drawings, including their ‘split-screen’ narrative style. A man asleep on a beach, supported by pebbles…the heat of the sun holding his dreams.