Richard Alan Cohen – ‘Waterlines’

Richard Alan Cohen’s series ‘Waterlines’ – vibrant abstract images capturing the horizon of passing time in the lines painted along the hulls of boats.

Richard Alan Cohen - Waterlines

Richard Alan Cohen – Waterlines


“As a teenager, I spent the springtime scraping and painting, preparing similar boat hulls for the season ahead… The waterline is often encrusted with the residues of the past years. Pausing to study this evidence of where the boat has been, one perceives that the waterline provides a horizon. Above and below that are details of imagined landscapes, perhaps those that could be seen from the boats themselves when they sailed on the water. In developing these images, I share my own imagination and provide the seed for each viewer to form their own remembered landscapes. This project is ultimately an exploration of the minimal elements required to form a landscape in the mind’s eye – the waterline as coastline, the texture as weather, the footprint of barnacles as stars.”

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