Daddy Witch

2008
Woods, Clare
'Daddy Witch' pictures an inverted pool, bathed in moonlight, reflecting the surrounding shadowy brush. Dark shapes emerge from the surface as the viewer is witness to nocturnal happenings and latent drama. Clare Woods creates large-scale panelled landscapes on aluminium using household enamel and oil paint. She works from photographs, captured at night and taken at obtuse angles peering into ponds, woodlands and forests. For the artist 'these locations, devoid of any particular focus, are places of possible significance', both ecological and anthropological. Woods refers to her landscapes as 'supernaturally charged rural places', which are settings for ancient rites, pagan rituals and folk traditions. Rather then views of resplendent beauty, it is an unsettling and intense depth that she achieves, giving 'a dark hue to any romantic visions of nature'. Rachel Arndt
  • Artwork Details: 2 panels, total, 218.5 x 350.5cm each panel, 218.5 x 175.3cm
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  • Material description: enamel and oil on aluminium
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  • Theme: Undefined
  • Medium: Painting
  • Accession number: ACC1/2008

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