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Background to Barriers
Background to Barriers

The notion of Barriers grew out of recent additions to the Sullied Atlantic Collection. In these additions I painted a section in a solid block of colour as part of the painting. These blocks of colour represented a human barrier to the well being of our seas. In other words a barrier to human responsibility.

I was also inspired by a visit to the Walter Benjamin Monument in Portbou on the Spanish French border. The German Jewish philosopher and cultural critic committed suicide in Portbou in 1940-he was only 48. He did this to escape the Naziz.  The contemporary Israeli Sculptor Dani Karavan built a monument to him site specific to Benjamin's stay in Portbou. There are metal steps cut into the mountain that lead down inside, right to the edge of the cliffs, where two layers of reinforced glass separate you from the dramatic drop to the sea. It was quite an experience, and as you return from inside the mountain, you face a small white church so reminding you of your own infinity.

 On a visit to Tate Modern, I had cause to change at Westminster tube station. I was very aware of the amazing metallic modernity of the station. Large blocks of metal structures everywhere, and as the underground runs under the Thames and sits by the Thames it made me think of the differenece between the fluidity of water and indeed our seas and the static solidity of the metal structures of industry. The solid versus the fluidity of flow became the idea for how the onward march of industry and the conequences of industrial waste affect the toxicity levels within the ocean and our seas. Walter Benjamin realised the growth of technology and industry in his essay "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction".

I will be returning to Westminster station to take photographs and these will be the subject matter for research for extending a new set of work recently started, that explores the threat to the sea alongside the symbolism of Walter Benjamin.

Copyright Mary Eighteen Fine Art 2018.
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