Traces of a City

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Oil and ink on primed paper

h: 80 w: 120 (cms).

Using photographic imagery as a starting point, Louise Hardy’s recent “Ghost City” series are powerful and haunting paintings, exploring notions of chaos, conflict and occupation. They show great cities forcefully cleaved in two by the meanders of great rivers or tragically rendered unrecognisable by the ravages of war.

These semi-abstract works are filled with a jumble of architectural topography; decimated cityscapes, tangles of broken buildings, often over-developed but unsettlingly emptied of people. Through using a tilted, vertiginous perspective, she invites the viewer to soar above but equally, to be mesmerizingly drawn into the work. Her lengthy process of translucent layering, dripping, pouring and erasing, then rebuilding the surface through detailed over-drawing, reveals an archaeology of mark-making and experiment beneath.


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