This large painting is an abstraction of, on the one hand, the ocean and, on the other, a swimming pool. It is inspired by both my own amateur swimming and time spent watching both my young daughters compete in open water and pool swimming. 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.
Original – Acrylics and mixed media on canvas, 80cm x 80cm
£1200 + UK Mainland P&P & insurance (please contact me for international delivery)