Re-Collections - Rosy Maguire
   The Artist / Exhibitions / Creating Re-Collections


From Pentimento by Lillian Hellman
"old paint on canvas, as it ages, sometimes becomes transparent. When that happens it is possible, in some pictures, to see the original lines: a tree will show through a woman's dress, a child makes way for a dog, a large boat is no longer on the open sea. That is called pentimento because the painter "repented", changed his mind. Perhaps it would be as well to say the old conception, replaced by a later choice, is a way of seeing & then seeing again."



Re-collections is a collection of photographs made in the boatyards lining the coast & rivers in the South of England. The weather surfaces of painted hulls in various stages of preparation are the raw materials of my work. The camera is a means of selecting & stealing these ephemeral images before they are concealed with protective layers of paint & the boats are returned to the sea. Whilst in the sea, water pollutants & marine life attack the painted hulls causing the blistering, peeling & corrosion of the surfaces in spite of the highly developed chemically formulated coating systems applied each year. The power of nature over technology result in the formulation of 'ready made' artworks rich in colour & texture along the horizontal bands of paint marking the water line. These images possess undeniable resonances of both landscapes from around the world and the setting in which they appear. They evoke our visual memory to make connections between real & imaginary worlds & have as close a relationship to painting as they have to photography.

Read "Skimming the surface" Steve Mcdade's essay on