FJORD ECHO is a new painting looking at the dynamics of how Fjords are formed in coastal places like Norway, Scotland and Iceland.
Rough seas pound away at cliff edges, find a weak, soft spot in the rock and chips and grinds away at it until a narrow deep gorge is formed. It, in effect, splits open the rock.
Using this geological process as inspiration, I've taken an imaginary above-ground, side-view of a Fjord and butterflied it open to show the symmetry between the two halves that relate in material, but don't necessarily match. It can also be read as reflective.
There is a device in visual perception and art composition that fascinates me as a painter and that is Equivocal Space; a condition, usually intentional on the artist's part, in which the viewer may, at different times, see more than one set of relationships between art elements or depicted objects. This may be compared to the familiar "optical illusion." It's a design tool that I like to use to describe the relationship between the geology above that is created by the geology below ground or in the case, the chasm between cliffs.