The Last Exhale
Texture of Time: Carbon
Texture of Time: Limestone
Abstract oil paintings made with sustainable materials and found earth pigments foraged on Lindisfarne Holy Island, U.K., 15 feet by 5 feet, 2022.
The paintings, Texture of Time: Carbon and Texture of Time: Limestone, are part of a series about Existence Tissue experiencing The Last Exhale. Time being the sphere holding the past that is underneath and within, the present that is perceived, and the future that is beyond the horizon.
Using ancient recipes to create the materials I use to make contemporary abstract oil paintings to communicate new ideas, pulls the past, present, and future together. Wandering in places of extraordinary beauty on the verge of extinction, I connect to the more than human inhabitants. Forming relationships with the rock spirits who have deep ties with time provokes desire in me to collaborate with the forms they dwell in and make earth pigments to paint with. Their stories, our stories, the universe, united at the end…when the stories are over.
When the Story is Over
In a time when the stories have failed
As we navigate collapse
When there is nothing left to say
At the edges
In the twilight
Tilting into darkness
In chthonic realms
When the story is over
~ Quin de la Mer, 2022
MFA Degree Show, Hatton Gallery and Fine Art Building, Newcastle University, UK
20 August – 3 September 2022
Preview Event 19 August 6 – 9 pm
Work in progress, summer 2022. Photo cred Marius Ritual and Quin de la Mer.