Last week I decided that I should review all the work that I have completed so far in my Salamanca series. This collection of abstract works features a red line that is painted along the Hobart waterfront. Its role is to denote the waterfront’s land boundary.
Lines such as this one send out a number of messages. Firstly, this line is a boundary marker. One can cross it, but not park one’s car on it. There is a certain mystery about this line. Where does it lead to? Where does it start and end? Why is it red?
In my first drawing (vertical, right) I recorded the line and its surrounding concrete as I saw it. My second work took on a strong symbolic meaning. That particular drawing (not shown) is one of my entries in this year’s Glover Prize.
Two other drawings (top & bottom, left) continue to track the journey of the line.
I have also completed two, quite large drawings, a much smaller one and I’m presently working on an eighth piece.
One of my completed works is an off-shoot of the continuous straight, red line.
I am trying to interpret this line in a number of ways and I want viewers to be open-minded when they see these works. Is it just a line, or is there more here than meets the eye?