The Great Wave (Expanded)

2007

Skaer, Lucy
This drawing is inspired by the Japanese artist Hokusai's 'Great Wave off Kanagawa', which depicts a stylised tsunami towering over Mount Fuji. Skaer has taken this iconic image, recreating it in three panels to form a triptych. She has warped the original image, creating a beautifully intense drawing of repeated spiral and square patterns, which appears to be unfinished. The essence of the wave has been interpreted making it larger, darker and imposing. Skaer states 'I needed an image that's familiar because I'm expanding it beyond its usual boundaries so it becomes an engulfing thing.' The work was also shown alongside 'Leonora (The Tyrant)' at the 2007 Venice Biennale as part of the installation 'Pith and Kernel'. Annabel Potter
  • Artwork Details: 3 parts, total, 141 x 350cm
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  • Material description: ink and pencil on paper
  • Credit line: © the artist
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  • Medium: Drawing
  • Accession number: ACC5/2007

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