The Industrial Sublime. Anne Penman Sweet
January 20, 2012 in We Love
We have a lot of love for these immense ship paintings from Anne Penman Sweet. She says…
“I grew up in Australia where the power and scale of the landscape was a formative and lasting influence. Over the following years I travelled widely, firstly within Australia, and then throughout Asia, spending several years in India and later living in England and America. The early fascination with remote and wild places continues.
I was and still am, drawn to the silence of the desert and the mountains, but now also to other places and other images that somehow capture the same sense of stillness, space and timelessness– old industrial sites on the edges of towns and cities, flat farmlands with huge skies, a lonely road in an empty landscape with a single set of headlights appearing from the gloom. The paintings themselves are not about any specific place, although I often use visual references in the early stages of the work – photographs, film stills, images from magazines.
What I’m attempting to do through the depiction of these diverse and nameless places is to provide a space of resonance, of interiority and inner recognition – a moment of stillness. My abstract paintings are an extension of this exploration – seeking in a non-representational format, a bridge to the same experience.”