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Sense And Sensibility: Artists Take On History

9 May - 1 June 2003
Private View  Friday 9 May 6-8.30

Pauline Thomas

Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog is a five minute video with sound. The title is from the Caspar David Friedrich painting of 1818.

There is a sense of anguish and melancholia connected with landscape because of its links with loss and its unsettling relationship with time. The sea has a strong presence of physical change, an eternally flowing present always new and yet always the same.

It is this sense of perishability within timelessness that the Haiku poets describe as ‘sublime melancholy’ or ‘sabi’: “The lonely quality that each thing has in its singular existence, when observed from a state of detachment.”





Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog - Video Still