Encaustic paintings and metal sculpture exploring whaling and the viewer’s response to whaling.
Salvaged: Artifacts and Stories, is the final exhibition of Artcraft’s Showcase Gallery Summer season and is a collaboration between painter Rosalie Matchett-Short and Steve Patterson’s metal work that references industrial whaling practices that began in the 17thcentury, described by Greenpeace as ”the madness of the whaling – hunting species after species to the verge of extinction.”
Matchett-Short began researching the history of whaling in 2011 and has continually produced paintings based on this investigation and her discovery of documented whaling images.
”Frenzy is a word I kept thinking about while making this series. I wanted to show the repetition of a systematic slaughter of the whales and to create a feeling of hysteria and claustrophobia. I was struck by an image of remnants of ancient whalebones that still litter the beaches of the islands where the processing of whales took place over three hundred years ago.”
Working in encaustic, a medium that allows her to communicate and imply a history in her paintings, Matchett-Short explains why she is drawn to the medium: “The translucence of the encaustic medium enables me to create layers of both revealed and partially hidden images that act like visual clues to the almost forgotten threads of our past.”
Steve Patterson is an artist/fabricator who has had formal art training and is also self-taught. Drawn to recycled materials, he explains that “most found objects have a story to tell, and this is often more apparent with cast-off, discarded and abandon items. In Salvaged, he contributes to the whaling theme by taking an interest in “the relics left behind.”
Using the remnants he has collected in his work-shop, he liked the idea of exploring “a […]