Caleuche By: Robert McPartland

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    • paper sails sea ship space spoon wind flow green leaves balance myth
    • GP-0001578-01
    • 29.5
    • 45
    • Wooden crate
    • Original One-of-a-Kind
    • Oil
    • Canvas
    • Vertical
    • United Kingdom
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  • Details:

    • paper sails sea ship space spoon wind flow green leaves balance myth
    • GP-0001578-01
    • 29.5
    • 45
    • Wooden crate
    • Original One-of-a-Kind
    • Oil
    • Canvas
    • Vertical
    • United Kingdom

About

The composition is a precarious, intuitive arrangement of a small silver ladle, leaves and some curls of paper all laid on coloured card. The textural and formal variety of these elements created an interplay and relationship that suggested a visual metaphor and poetic connection to a ship of some kind. I came across the myth of the Caleuche, which seemed fitting and connected this piece to Argo, another painting of mine of a ladle on silk, with allusions to ships and the sea.

The Caleuche is

“According to Chilean legend, a large ghost ship sailing the seas around Chiloé (a small island off the coast of Chile) at night. The Caleuche is said to be a being who is conscious and sentient. The ship appears as a beautiful and bright white sailing ship, with 3 masts of 5 sails each, always full of lights and with the sounds of a party on board, but quickly disappears again, leaving no evidence of its presence. The ghost ship is also known to be able to navigate under water” Wikepedia