In the field of economics, there is Gresham’s law, which says that “bad money drives out good.” It is similar in sea painting. After entering in Google the “picture of the sea” appears a lot of poor kitschy works, pictures on calendars, packaging of crayons for children. There have also been stereotypes that say:
– the sea is a weak painting topic and that artists do not deal with the sea and sunsets because they are kitschy. The worst thing is that these stereotypes are often repeated by artists who should have an open mind. Let’s say it clearly. The sea is a very noble subject with great artistic potential.
What puzzles me the most in the sea is the horizon. The horizon line has been my painting theme for over 10 years. The horizon line gives us instructions about who we are, how small we are with respect to the planet and space. When it is missing we lose this awareness and begin to feel too big and important, but we aren’t. I remember when I was 5 years old and I was at the seaside with my parents. And I asked Tate why I can’t see the land on the other side, even though the weather is great and I should see it. And Dad said that it is not because you cannot see the land on the other side, becouse of distance, but it is because the earth is bending. I was so small, but I remeber how in my head I saw this ball which is our planet and myself as a particle on this ball. I saw myself in the face of the universe.
Living in big cities every day, we feel that we are missing something. Something that has always been with us, now is being taken away from us. The horizon.