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Anne Russell


I explore the tension between the beautiful and the destructive, particularly in seas and waterways. Many of my paintings depict explosions over water, icecaps melting, shipwrecks and oil spills, all which grow out of sequences of repetitive nightmares and actual events in history. Some works are inspired by natural disasters such as the tsunamis and hurricanes that have caused major flooding throughout the world. Many disasters are caused by mankind’s continuous pressure on earth, due to the continued use of plastic and digging for oil. I engage with the mystery of what is taking place beneath the surface of the water, what seeps into and permeates that depth after these events. I am aware of all the ways we are putting more and more pressure on the Earth and amazed and frightened by our denial of this fact. This work explores the ideas of humankind's endless attraction to scenes of terror and our enduring fascination with the power of the sea.