The Crossing series focuses on a meeting place, created as a railway track and a river, intersect and the railway track crosses over. Both of these elements were present in the Pearls paintings and collages and The Valley.
These paintings continue to offer a window into the landscape of conflict. There is a feeling of the landscape as an ever mutating, shifting body, breaking apart and coming back together again in new configurations. The cross shape repeats itself. I imagine it like a kind of stitching, holding the surface together.
Through its numerous re-configurations, the landscape is chopped up and put back together again many times in these works, becoming a damaged body constituted of damaged bodies.
The image of a meeting place also originated from TS Eliot’s The Hollow Men 1925. (IV). ..In this last of meeting places.. Gathered on this beach of the tumid river..