All the Wonders of the Modern World

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All the Wonders of the Modern World

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oil on canvas on panel c2016

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'All the Wonders of the Modern World (were built on the back of a woman what did her washing in a ditch)' is a painting I made circa 2016; inspired by living in a world were we are surrounded by such wonders and yet there are still people living in abject poverty. 

I used a homemade cold wax medium with oil paint and pastel to create a textured piece of subtle hue, formally taking elements of Manet's 'Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe' (namely the nineteenth century woman washing in a stream) and set her against the backdrop of a modern street. The form of the woman is juxtaposed against the form of a commercial building where the weight of the structure and scaffolding still present seems to weigh heavily on her shoulders. This was my way to highlight the contradiction I saw, where in Ireland, the reinstatement of water meters was being spoken of in political an business circles, and where the reintroduction of a charge on the water that falls all too freely from the sky was being reframed in the context of economic progress.