'Night on the Black Sea' captures a powerful stillness, as night suffuses the seascape with monochrome and the crisp horizon fades. With a soft delicacy rarely combined with bold abstraction, the series is minimal and effortlessly present, providing a moment of solitude, to leave the details of interpretation to the individual viewer.
Whist the flat nature of the ink mirrors the softening haze of night, the texture of the raw linen matches the unpredictable irregularities of the natural landscape. Intimately subtle changes in tone and light offer a delicate yet powerfully atmospheric scene.
About the Artist:
Born in the UK, Josephine grew up traveling, spending most of her life in Russia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Returning to the UK for university where she completed a BA in Fine Art and an MA in Printmaking, she now lives and works in London.
Drawing from elements of abstraction and romanticism, Josephine’s current work explores perception, with underlying hints of nature, land, sea and cityscapes.
Creating imagery that is devoid of a prevailing narrative, Josephine’s work is not just open to, but encourages individual response, highlighting differences in experiences, memories and interpretations. Using traditional Japanese Aesthetics as a guiding principle, subtlety and detail are critical; the smallest of details can mark an image as either too literal, or as an image lacking in content.
Grounded in printmaking’s process and materials, her work has become increasingly experimental, working across multiple media. Using traditional techniques and materials in a non-traditional way, the creative process is as instrumental to the work as the initial concept or desired aesthetic.