28 x 43 cm | 10 x 15 in
Original mixed media drawing in pen, pencil, ink and chalk pastel on two layers of polyester film.
"Acqua Alta 1 shows Venice as an elemental confusion of water, air and earth, with a horizon lost in rain and high water and an atmosphere of disorientation and claustrophobia. It expresses a collective nightmare of Atlantis and the reclamation of Venice by the sea. Details from observational drawings of Palazzo Falier are submerged in abtract pools and ripples of ink and fluid acrylic, suggesting the waters of the Lagoon. Mixed media on polyester film."
Laura Hope creates extraordinary, visually equivocal landscapes, playing with different mediums and transparent materials to create layers of spatial activity. “Competition for Limited Map Space” contains familiar and intricate architectural structures juxtaposed with gestural splashes of colourful watercolour pigments which drip and spill over the surface creating a vibrant energy. The layering of transparent sheets with built up watercolour overlap to create a river of saturated hues. The divergent patterns of paint and its inky waterfalls of colour transform the planes of houses and streets to a dimension of visually alluring aesthetics. The contrasting approaches give the work a playful and enigmatic effect whilst the recognisable shapes within have a careful, yet engrossing familiarity.