Lynne Boyd – Watermark

The sea is revelatory.

Port Phillip Bay continues to act as muse for my painting in this body of work titled Water Mark, presenting the coastline and horizon, the sea and airy clouded spaces of various and infinite confluence. Underpinning these natural forms I am always aware of the presence of the grid providing a structural balance to the space upon which my work is constructed. The collage elements refer to the materiality of the surface, the methodologies of studio practice and, in this instance, the question of what lies below the surface of the sea.

With me on this endeavour have been the Envelope Poems of Emily Dickinson, and the Four Quartets poem ‘East Coker’ by T. S. Eliot. Eliot’s initial line ‘In my beginning is my end’ led me to consider where paintings begin and where they finish, and from there allowing me to attend to the sides of the canvas more closely and to engage with a chance glimpse or a sideways glance, or perhaps an afterimage. The Envelope Poems, fragments written by Dickinson in pencil on the first paper to hand, assisted in my imagining poetry rather than pollution washing on to the shores of the Bay.

Lynne is sensitive to subtleties: whether it’s the texture of a fabric, the tone of a singer’s voice, or a tweak in the hue of a colour, she seems to always notice these details and take great pleasure in their existence. These delicacies infuse her paintings: her gentle touch works smoky layers and ethereal gradations into her sometimes abstracted, but always recognisable, seascapes. This handling suits her subject perfectly: where the sky meets the sea is an ever-changing sight, with clouds and light forever concealing and revealing what’s on the horizon. Lynne has a special ability to capture the varying states of atmospheric change. In particular, the hazy, glary, pearlescent quality of our Port Phillip Bay. Clarice Beckett, whom Lynne admires greatly, shared the Bay as a muse, but because she was only free to paint at dawn or dusk, her views were limited by the low light levels. Thankfully, unlike Beckett, Lynne enjoys a more liberal practice as she is able to capture the Bay at all hours.

Kate Nodrum

Image copyrite: Lynne Boyd, 2019

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