Chloe Marquand

2018, BA (Hons) Fine Art, Newcastle University

"Recently, I have been exploring how rural and urban environments can be represented by the colours in the sky above and the marks that lie on the land. For example, an urban environment might appear rural until the lights of the city emerge. Over time, these lights (represented by crisp white dots in my paintings) then induce an ‘Urban Sky Glow’ (the illumination of the night sky over inhabited areas) above this point. Living in Newcastle and finding inspiration for this particular interest has proven to be pretty difficult as it is a metropolitan city.
 
Luckily, through my love for hiking, I came across ‘Town Moor’ (featured in one the paintings I submitted in this application). It is a grassy patch of land situated just outside the city centre. There are two hills that offer astonishing views overlooking the twinkling lights of the metropolis and the ‘urban sky glow’, differing in colour and scale day-to-day. At dusk, this spot has been my recent source for inspiration. My other sources of inspiration are the views that can be seen at the top of Parliament Hill and Primrose Hill (featured in the other two painting submissions.) What fascinates about this subject matter is not only the sheer beauty of the diffused colour field emitted from one single light source but also its association with our modern and industrial society today. Landscape painting has a long and rich history, which makes it incredibly difficult to have an impact on today. However, by exploring the modern landscape it provides a new outlook on landscape painting that can be interpreted in an innumerable amount of ways also triggering emotive responses. One possible interpretation of my air/light polluted landscape paintings could be a political one how light pollution is a prevalent and serious environmental issue in 2018 that is jeopardising not only our environment but also our health and wildlife. The modern landscapes I have been creating are also my way of immortalising the feelings I experience when I stand at the top of high hill to view the bustling city in which I exist. "
Kite Hill at an unknown hour
Painting 
140 cm x 95 cm
Primrose Hill at night
Painting 
140 cm x 95 cm
Town Moor at rush hour in The Winter
Painting 

140 cm x 95 cm

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