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Eleanor Watson
Artwork materials: 
Oil on Zebrano wood
Artwork size: 
15 x 12 cm

Artist Statement

‘On the Pearl River' is a small oil painting on a solid piece of pine. The surface is prepared in acrylic primer in a rough texture and the oil paint is applied thinly so the ground feels present. This is intended to reinforce the painting as an object, rather than virtual space. The edges of the wood are waxed to remind the viewer of furniture and to further emphasise the painting as an object.

'On the Pearl River' depicts the reflection of a Chinese bowl on a shiny table surface, you can see the base of the bowl at the very top. I chose to heavily crop this object out of the image so as to emphasise how obscured its origins are in relation to its context in an English Stately Home. The title refers to the Pearl River which runs through Guangzhou, which was formerly known as Canton and was the centre of European trade in China in the 18th Century.


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