A Certain Place

“A Certain Place” can be read in two ways, from a normal linear perspective where the dark landscape outline along the lower edge reads as a land horizon with the sky above, in this reading the little houses can be read as stars, or, from an aerial perspective the dark lower edge can be read as a coastline and the blue area becomes land, a map with highlighted buildings and settlements. The title of my painting “A Certain Place”, refers to a line in Lucretius epic poem On the Nature of Things which references the ideas of the early Greek philosophers discussions on the existence of atoms and the idea that they can behave in an indeterminate way, that their collisions can involve random behaviour, “at an uncertain place, at an uncertain time”.
Acrylic on canvas.
122 x 94 cm
Collection of Arts Council of Northern Ireland