acrylic and gouache on board (15x23)
This study is the first of a series of sketches that led Susanna Coffey to paint Drift
in 2006 [oil on linen 70x90]. The main motif is not dissimilar to her painting Fall
of 2003 [oil on panel 70x90]. The image for Study after Drift
is based on a newspaper photograph of the first week of the US invasion of Iraq. Coffey admits being struck by the way that the image is dark but might - at the same time - be a record of something that happened in the day. Coffey finds Drift
to be beautiful but hellish; "Hellish in the sense that the natural order of day to night - light to darkness is confused".
It is remarkable to report that Study after Drift
arrived to the ACG Art Collection by post on 17 January 2006, wrapped in silk fabric tied by an embroidered ribbon. Upon the Curator's enquiry about the beautiful wrapping, Coffey replied: "Shouldn't all paintings be wrapped in silk? It's a homage to Watteau."
[Megakles Rogakos 01/2007]
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES Susanna Coffey & Suzanne Walters: Relative Diversions
2006 P37 Art Gallery, Piraeus
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