Thermal blossoms

Thermal blossoms, acrylic, spray on canvas, 158 x 148 cm

The dreamy painting Thermal Blossoms (2020) makes a backdrop of fiery fluorescent nebulas bursting in an expanse of celestial pastel. These blooms are likely noxious fumes—think of the frightful candy-pink plumes of the explosion that destroyed Beirut—but in our self-delusion we see the landscape as if inhabited by distinct animate and inanimate things.When we feel the heat we can build arks, but there will be no place left to go. Now that we can no longer kiss each other safely, we ought to make sure we don’t kiss the planet goodbye. Cathryn Drake

Photography by Emma Louise Charalambous at the Edit Gallery