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Susan Feindel: See Below

March 7, 2009 - May 17, 2009


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Year 2009 Theme Drawing & Printmaking, Nova Scotian Artists, Painting

The Nova Scotian artist Susan Feindel is known for her adventurous, experimental approach to landscape painting and her espousal of environmental causes. This painting installation was inspired by her voyages on oceanographic research ships, during which the ocean floor is viewed from shipboard using sonar side-scan technology. Unstretched, ink-painted canvases mounted on the darkened floor appear to bleed into the void, suggesting a submerged, downward-looking view of the benthic (ocean bottom) habitat. Complementing these, a series of perforated ink and wash North Atlantic “map” drawings are illuminated from beneath to illustrate the migratory movements of sea creatures. An ambient soundscape composed of scratchy, rummaging sedimentary sounds heightens the sensation of submersion.