Ardyne Point

2016

Thuring, Caragh
© the artist. Purchased with the assistance of the Art Fund.
  • Artwork Details: 243.7 x 182.7cm
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  • Material description: Bitumen, graphite, oil, gold leaf on cotton and linen
  • Credit line: Often working directly onto untreated linen rather than the traditional white canvas, Caragh Thuring creates what she refers to as ‘speculative environments’. The artist collaborated with weavers from Suffolk and Belgium to produce her most recent paintings, producing canvases which are woven with images of her previous works. This approach, which combines handcraft and industrial process, brings to light Thuring’s continued interest in sequence and repetition. Inspired by time spent in Scotland observing the comings and goings of HM Naval Base, Clyde, these works feature looming maritime vessels merged with painted tartans. In her previous paintings, human presence was only alluded to by the inclusion of industrial objects such as cranes or ropes. In Ardyne Point (2016) the outline of what appears to be two women swims into view, protruding from the brick-patterned background. High-heeled shoes, embellished by the use of gold leaf, shimmer at the edge of the canvas. Disjointed text overlays the scene: ‘CORMORANT ALPHA’, an oil-rig platform which was built at Ardyne Point; and ‘USS HOLLAND’, referring to the US Navy’s first commissioned submarine.
  • Theme: Undefined
  • Medium: Painting
  • Accession number: ACC9/2017

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