Cachoeira de Afonso – E.F Shute

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I first came across this painting while in MASP; an art gallery in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and immediately fell in love with it. I had previously spent the summer travelling to different countries and experiencing new cultures, and this painting summed up exactly how travelling made me feel. The figures in the painting look small against the landscape, being enveloped in their surroundings, but they did not look out of place, they looked comfortable, as though they belonged there. Each place I visit, I manage to find an area where I feel so small compared to the rest of the world, but at the same time, feel as though I am meant to be there; that I could stay there for hours on end and still be content. I have chosen this painting as my starting point for my subject work for this year so I can explore the sublime through landscape more intensely, after being inspired by this artist.

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Author: alannah3012l5

I am a landscape painter who enjoys spending free time exploring and wandering through natural landscapes, understanding that the space I occupy in this world is tiny and temporary. The aim of my paintings is to evoke the same sense of wonder in the viewer that I experience while on my travels and to ignite the realisation that compared to our surroundings, we are miniscule and blend in, we are not above, nor do we have any higher importance than any other being or thing on this planet. My large oil paintings are designed to be displayed outdoors after being inspired by Katherine Grosse in the Venice Biennale, making them appear small in their surroundings, much like the people in them and the people viewing them. However, my zines and watercolours require more attention, showing that even smaller details contain whole worlds and landscapes of their own. Depending on our own experiences we see the prints differently. The text along with the images encourage the viewer to see the same landscape I see.

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