Landscapes - Papier Collé
The paper collages have in mind no precise geographical location and certainly no specific graveyard but they do allude to a generalised location and parallel project. I am referring to an ongoing series of paintings and works on paper entitled GARE DU NORD. This series has numerous geographical references that stretch from North Africa and the Tangiers of Matisse to Scandinavia and the Oslo of Edvard Munch. If the paper collages have any geographical references then it is to the landscape and man made constructions that are to be found in Flanders and the Low Countries. An area of Europe that has played a prominent role in the military transgressions and endless ambitions of European lands. Flanders is not as such a regimented graveyard but can to my mind assume the role of an alternative form of graveyard, a sprawling land mass where the fallen still lie where they fell and become one with an historically sombre and poetic landscape that stretches as far as the eye can see and deeper that the imagination can fathom.
Galvin Harrison, Copenhagen 2014.