46 x 61 cm | 17 x 22 in
Original mixed media drawing in pen, pencil, ink and chalk pastel on two layers of polyester film.
"Laguna represents Venice from several perspectives: from a distance, as sequence of rooftops, chimneys and towers; from within, as a disorienting pastiche of architectural elements; and, aerially, as a network of canals and salt marshes which is both formally and ecologically complex. The chosen media reflect the influence of the sea on Venice's landscape, with the effects of water introduced to layers of pigments suggesting ingredients like salt, rust and silt as well as the shapes of the waves, canals and currents of the Lagoon."
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.