25 x 23 cm | 9 x 9 in
Original painting in mixed media on paper.
"Based on my explorations of Polphail, Portavadie. Polphail is a ghost town that was originally going to be accommodation for oil workers - but because the village was never occupied, it never came to fruition. Over the years, people have slipped in and out of the ghost town and spray painted the left behind remnants, shaping a cold and abandoned construction into their own personal canvas to re-imagine a new sense of life upon it. When I was developing studies for my painting "Searching and Finding", I wanted to recreate the textural deteriorating walls of Polphail in my own work. With a select few materials - enamel paint, acrylic ink, oil paint and a ripped up sketch - I played about with the layering, hoping for a vibrant and three dimensional element that would immediately evoke the idea of a dilapidated building."
Nina Goldsmiths work revolves around the sense of belonging. The lost landscapes of forgotten buildings and far away countryside allude to connections between people and place, of identifying with somewhere. The landscapes seem both visceral and universal, the use of texture reaches out and burnishes our senses. Vivid colours and dark shadows give a sense of depth, both physically and emotionally. There is an emotional charge within each piece in regards to the intimacy of recognising a place as somewhere full of memories - however banal. Perhaps this is why the graffiti on the wall in the ‘Searching and Finding’ study provokes a sense of, not only abandonment, but of being found again.