The Wild & the Still
Original, Acrylics and mixed media on canvas, c 80cm x 80cm (no frame needed) – £1,200
This painting is an abstraction of, on the one hand, the ocean and, on the other, a swimming pool. I spend a lot of time with both my young daughters at the sea and in swimming pools as they are competitive pool and open water swimmers. The lines, “Salt my wounds” and “Chlorine my eyes”, are taken from “The Swimming Song” by Loudon Wainwright III and are used to represent the differing chemicals present in salt and pool water and their effect on the human body and emotions. Male and female symbolism are present; as is a representation of a cage symbolising the stereotypical confines we can get pigeonholed in. The upward symbol of the male (a rusty projection) being placed in the ocean reflects the expectations of males to be stronger, more assertive and bold. The downward symbol of the female (in the form of a red pool flag) being placed in the swimming pool reflects the expectations of females to be more passive and accepting.