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Meridian Tides - Kristine Ballard
122 × 152 cm
Oil on canvas
Many of the islands of Fiji, especially the island of Taveuni, sit on the 180th meridian line. This great circle marks the border dividing the earth into the Western and Eastern Hemispheres. The basis for the International Date Line, the border passes through the open waters of the Pacific Ocean crossing over the small islands of Fiji through to Russia and Antarctica. On this line you will witness everyday before the rest of the world. This work is the foundation for this new series of artworks. Inspired by the rising tides of the islands destined to see the first light of every day, the style of Fragmatism® seemed an apt device to translate the floating tides of the Pacific. A camoflague of contrasts, these waters are witness to a world in transition. For many, the ocean can can provide clarity of thought. I was hoping it might do that for my art practice. It did have a great impact on how I see the world. This tropic expedition forced me to stop and appreciate nature’s capacity for adaptability and regeneration. Standing at the ‘end (or beginning) of time, I learnt that my growth as an artist is very much like the tide. There will always be highs and lows, progress is transient, and there can be no creative flow without flux.