THERE WERE WESTERLY WINDS

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                           SUSTENANCE WAS FOUND IN GLISTENING FISH 

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  UNKNOWN VESSELS CROSSED 

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                    PATIENCE WAS TESTED BY THE SCORCHING SEA

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  A SALTY RACE TO THE SHORE BEGAN

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                                  THE COAST WAS CLEAR 

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       THE COAST WAS  UNCLEAR 

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   ISLANDS WERE LEFT BEHIND

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              A BOY FLOATED

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               A BOY DRIFTED

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        BATHERS CAME TO STAY

 

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    CARGO CAME AND WENT BY DAY

 

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 STONES THROWN MET THE OCEANS FLOOR

       

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     WAVES  WEAKENED THE SEA WORTHY       

         

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                                     HOPE SLIPPED TO SHORE

                                   

                                         Oil on Canvas 7' x 8'

In The 

Beginning 

There Was 

Only The 

Ocean, 

and Then,

 

 

 

 

This series of paintings was born when I began to catalogue my dad’s photos from his anthropological study on trade on the north coast of Papua New Guinea. When I posted my dad’s  historical photos on Instagram I was inspired by the images from PNG that followed.  I became interested in images of people with a symbiotic and subsistent relationship to the coast. And I was moved by the never-ending stories that contain important knowledge that is passed on and holds cultures together. I see coastlines as a borderline for transformation. I chose to paint with a specific palette of predominantly pinks and yellows for their luminescence referencing both Turner’s seascapes and Turrell’s skylights.

 

See un_archive “Freeing the photo archive of Thomas G Harding, Anthropologist, 1937-2013”