On the Surface and Surface!

Curated by Cally Trench

Frances Anne Greenough

On The Surface and Surface!


Installation by Frances Anne Greenough

Frances Anne Greenough
12° 20' longitude, 47° 6' latitude, east of Greenwich, looking east; 12° 21' longitude, 47° 4' latitude, east of Greenwich, looking west; 12° 21' longitude, 47° 4' latitude, east of Greenwich, looking south-west; 12° 17' longitude, 47° 0' latitude, east of Greenwich, looking east; 12° 18' longitude, 47° 0' latitude, east of Greenwich, looking north; 12° 21' longitude, 46° 59' latitude, east of Greenwich, looking east,
All 2007. Installation of maps and paintings; each painting: oil on canvas, 35 x 45 cm

My practice as an artist has always centred around the subject of landscape, whether it be the real landscapes that surround us or fictional landscapes I have created. At the beginning of this year I took part in a college exchange between the University of Calgary, Canada and the Royal College of Art, which was immensely stimulating as it led me to begin thinking about the cultural associations we have with the landscape. I have become very interested in how different cultures view and perceive the land around them and how this is portrayed in the work of native and visiting artists. Since hanging my degree show this summer I have begun creating a series of paintings using Ordnance Survey maps. I use the information on the map to create a 2D image of a specific area of land from the perspective of standing within the landscape. Along with researching geological and botanical information from the area I am able to create an image that is based on a certain amount of fact, but is also balanced with an element of fiction.

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