by Eliot Coates
While the Earth's processes are active now, they have
also been in motion for many millions of years and will continue in
Using gathered images, the origins of which are often unknown,
this series of immersive and contemplative works presents the
viewer not with specific places or events, but rather a series of
hypothetical landscapes and moments. These imagined images capture
the essence and force of geothermal activity.
Ambiguity is achieved by omitting details that may otherwise fix
the images in a specificity of place or time. Legible enough to be
perceivable, the subtle and introspective nature of the work frees
the subject matter from the specific or concrete.
The images begin to dissolve as one's eye approaches the edge of
the canvas. Intelligent use of negative space works to emphasise
positive elements. Light meets dark, distance and scale are
indeterminate, time becomes obsolete.
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