WATER WAYS - Artist’s Statement
Julia Coash’s mixed media paintings combine recycled maps, nautical charts, burnt paper and water media, juxtaposing wet against dry as a means of exploring the tensions between material and soluble forms on earth. Influenced by water phenomena and dangers to them, from rising sea levels to overloaded atmospheric rivers. Themes of interconnection are explored through the play between positive and negative shapes and visual rotation. Interwoven marks both emerge and are submerged, suggesting both meander maps and the ebb and flow of water levels. This dynamic expresses the delicate balance between land and sea on our fragile planet.