Residual landscapes
Project info

These abstract images begin as photographs of the waterlines on boat hulls sitting in their cradles on land, awaiting their return to the sea. As a teenager I spent many a spring, scraping and painting similar hulls, and I have returned to walk in boatyards, seeking the passage of years. The boats are covered for winter, but the bottoms are exposed. The waterline is often encrusted with the residue of where the boat has been during the past year(s). The waterline provides an horizon, above and below which are details of imagined landscapes that might have been seen from the boats themselves. In developing these images I provide the seed for a remembered landscape. This project is ultimately an exploration of the minimal elements required to form a landscape in the mind’s eye - the waterline as coastline, the texture as weather, the footprint of barnacles as stars.