‘threading fault lines (Hunters in the Snow)’, Pencil Drawing, 50x80cm.
In this new work Smyth takes Bruegel's 'Hunters in the Snow' and the first panel of Bosch's 'The Garden of Earthly Delights' to create a maquette, crumpling and distorting the image, suspending it between the real and the subconscious.
By incorporating these reference points the artist encompasses the primary narrative of these classical works while bringing them together to re-contextualise and reframe each in a more complicated contemporary context. The artist furthers this focus by incorporating negative and positive space, light and dark, to build a more problematic rendering, presenting a reflection on themes of identity politics, love and loss.
This work featured in the Royal Hibernian Academy 190th Annual Exhibition.
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