In the last decade I have traveled to Hawaii twice, trekking across some of the world's most dramatic and profoundly moving geological formations. These experiences feed an ongoing series of paintings in which I want the viewer to feel the way I have felt confronted with this physical power yet vulnerable newly formed earth. This is a new body of work that is yet to be presented.
The images in this series are of paintings inspired by my time at the Bay of Naples looking across at Vesuvius.
Similar to the portrait-like Rice Lake studies, two research/study trips to Hawaii have afforded the artist the opportunity to experience a land’s volcanic force first hand. Seething and smoldering beneath a fragile crust of earth’s surface, torrents of lava sleep precariously below the horizon line, preparing for the abrupt moment when mother earth unleashes its full destructive force, forever marring the physical nature of the land. In her black and white volcano studies no. 3 and no. 5, the natural state of the often-calm atmosphere is interrupted by a spewing force of billowed paint that is much more explosive than a Canadian storm system, but not unlike the interruption of the Rice Lake horizon line when a blusterous squall rages through the lake region.
Edge of Chaos, The Paintings of Rebecca Last Mr. Kelly McCray, 2013
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