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Ebbing Tide in the Estuary by Sophie Baker

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Ebbing Tide in the Estuary

Sophie Baker

100 x 150 cm | 39 x 59 in

Subject: Places/landscapes/interiors
Tags: River, House, Water, Green, Island, Lilac, Home

Original painting in oil on canvas.

"When the water slips back out to see the boats settle again on the muddy river banks, planks and ropes discarded reveal themselves again and these little floating islands rejoin the land. I love the cycle of floating and resting that these boats constantly rotate between. Going from tugging at their stays as unreachable islands to revealing their beached hulks is a magical process, one I've tried to capture here in it's transitional phase."

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Sophie Baker

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There is a palpable tension and edginess in Sophie Baker’s landscapes. Her deserted frontiers, abandoned quarries and overgrown woodlands bear witness to man’s intrusive activity and impact on the landscape. Her compositions suggest a recent exchange or happening, perhaps uncanny – and an atmosphere of hurried departure, of business unfinished.

The reference to human activity permeates the narrative of her compositions as evidenced in the object abandoned or longed for. There is an element of the ritual of human activity that is undefined, at times sinister and yet somehow portentous, and when figures do appear, they seem lost in thought, unguarded and altogether inextricable from their environment. 

This sense of drama, speaks of man’s ongoing attempt to interact with the land, make sense of it and define it, while being always entranced and consumed by it’s romance.

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