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Park (Hinterlands Series), 2007
oil and acrylic on canvas
43cm x 60cm
Great Eastern (Hinterlands Series), 2005
43cm x 60cm
Emily Cole paints views glimpsed in passing – landscapes and city scenes seen through the window of a moving train, car or, sometimes, even a journey by foot. Cole usually works from digital photographs, taking countless images during a journey from which to later select just a few to turn into paintings. These are then presented in the form of a narrative sequence – though sometimes in reverse direction of the original journey – the changing landscape along Cole's chosen route shifting from the city, to the semi-rural, before emerging into the open countryside
Loosely painted with bold brushstrokes, often with blocked-in colours and shapes, she captures the transient nature of travel. Often painted 'wet-in-wet', foreground and background dissolve into one another, as if 'everything is pressed up onto the surface'
size="-2">1 and our eyes have not been allowed time to adjust to their 'true' perspective. The world she depicts appears both commonplace yet is not devoid of a certain beauty.
'Images such as this travel simultaneously at several implied velocities. There is shutter speed. There is the speed of painting, slower but still relatively swift. And there is the speed of looking at a painting... the unhurriedness of an observer's gaze.'2
Paul Stone, 2008
1. Martin Herbert, Platform Alterations, Firstsite Paper, April 2006
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