Waves by India Dewar
“The waves broke and spread their waters swiftly over the shore.
One after another they massed themselves and fell; the spray tossed itself back with the energy of their fall.
The waves were steeped deep-blue save for a pattern of diamond-pointed light on their backs
which rippled as the backs of great horses ripple with muscles as they move.
The waves fell; withdrew and fell again, like the thud of a great beast stamping.”
The Waves, Virginia Woolf, 1931
India Dewar lives and works in London. She graduated from a Bachelor in Painting from City and Guilds of London Art School in 2012. Her recent paintings engage with the sea. 'Wave', 'influx', 'flood', 'stream', 'flow'. These are words that describe the forms of water represented here. At once quintessential subjects for painting but also words that have entered contemporary political and social discourse to describe patterns of global migration. India Dewar's series of pictures actualises these figures of speech into visual form, exploring the dehumanising effect of metaphor through strange and unsettling images. The passage from Virginia Woolf’s ‘The Waves’ that introduces this exhibition, echoes the elements at play in these small but impactful paintings.
This virtual exhibition has been curated by Alix Janta-Polczynski for the online platform Collectionair.. To see the link, please click here