artist statement

Midnight on the Water

Midnight on the Water was produced at the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture Artist Residency in Dawson City, Yukon, 2007

Midnight on the Waterrepresents an investigation into interference patterns in the unique conditions of the Northern summer night. Constructive interference is caused by light, wind, tides, currents, eddies, undertow and silt as well as artificial events. The river goes up and down as ice melts and the speed varies accordingly. At Dawson City, the faster, more turbulent, Klondike River empties into the Yukon and runs alongside, blue and brown, before mixing downriver. The water is constantly changing, its unpredictable patterns obeying random laws and in the case of the Yukon River, moving relentlessly in one direction, oddly (to a southerner), toward the north.

Martha Eleen 2007

Midnight on the Water was exhibited at Hokkaido Garou Gallery, Sapporo, Japan, 2010; Loop Gallery, 2008.

40 paintings, oil on wood, 16" x 16"

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