Sunday, April 19, 2015

New Series: Dark Water, Dark Matter


Water is a primordial need for all life. Unfortunately, our resources of clean water are globally threatened by careless pollution and trans-national water monopolies. As world citizens, we need to be vigilant in safeguarding our water supplies.  As an artist, I am fascinated by water in movement, it's ripples and reflections.


Dark Water 3, incised Plexiglass and acrylic on plywood, 
28 x 21 x 3¼ in. 71 x 53 x 8 cm, 2015
Tide Pool 1, incised Plexiglass and acrylic on plywood, 
18 x 15½ x 3¾ in. 46 x 39 x 10 cm, 2015

Dark Water 1,  acrylic on incised plywood, 36 x 48 x 1 in. 91 x 122 x 2.5 cm, 2011

Dark Water 2, detail, incised Plexiglass and acrylic on plywood, 
30 x 19 x 3 in. 76 x 61 x 10 cm, 2015

Dark Water 2, incised Plexiglass and acrylic on plywood,
30 x 19 x 3 in. 76 x 61 x 10 cm, 2015

My painting Dark Water 1 of 2011 began with feelings and thoughts I had while hiking by the waterfall and gorge at Grand-Sault, New Brunswick. I happened to be there following an autumn hurricane while the gorge was racing with a huge volume of water.

© Barbara Safran de Niverville 2015

Since then, I have expanded my study of water to the crystal clear water at Aboîteau Beach.

© Barbara Safran de Niverville 2015
It's been several months since I've posted new work, but I have been busy working on Dark Water low relief projects.  In February, I had a car accident, that slowed me down considerably. Thankfully I was not seriously injured, although I am still overcoming some of its effects through physiotherapy and exercise.