'Es que soy yo ante tu color de mundo
ante tus pálidas espadas muertas,
ante tus corazones reunidos,
ante tu silenciosa multitud.'

 

 Pablo Neruda

 

Here am I faced with the colour of the world
before your pale dead swords,
before your gathered hearts,
before your silent horde.

 

The stories in the news are mainly negative ; I become fascinated by these places; searching out a version of reality from the virtual safety of Google street view, looking for the surprise of beauty, the strange or the sinister, screened through the veneer of the banal.

 

Oil paint on primed wood

 21 x 29.5 cm