72 x 93 cm | 28 x 36 in
Original painting in acrylic and oil on linen.
"As the title implies, this painting was to a certain extent inspired by the novel The Drowned World, by J.G. Ballard. In the novel vast expanses of the world are under water, and the terms of life for humanity is very different from our lives here and now. The visual starting point for the painting is an old family photo taken in the 1970s, but the environment has been altered; through the use of vibrant colours the surrounding vegetation has been allowed to be more prominent. The surrounding nature is an equally important protagonist as the boy in the boat."
The classical scholar Georg Christof Tobler impressed Goethe, in 1782, when he wrote of the dual quality of nature. He exclaimed that within nature “we find ourselves at once surrounded and embraced by her – powerless to leave her, and powerless to fathom her more deeply”. Susanne Lund Pangrazio’s work seems very much inspired by the same idea of the power nature holds over humankind. She harnesses the idea of nature as both a challenge to humans and as a place of awe by incorporating elements of memory, folklore and fantasy. The work echoes the same dream-like nature of the paintings of Henri Rousseau and similarly, opens a dialogue to realms of artistic possibility. The paintings each use gentle, realistic tones which melt into fleshy, vivid colours creating unsettling narratives and which trace the spectacle of trying to control the enigmatic natural world.