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In this intricately detailed, award-winning etching, “… and so it was time to sail away in silence” artist Elisabeth Lawrence evokes a strangely peaceful and reflective mood, despite the mass of fish and the detail on their beautifully patterned scales.
Elisabeth explains that the school of fish seem completely silent and disconnected with the little red boat. There is a conscious element of crowding amongst the fish to convey the sense of the busyness of life and the struggle to find release and balance.
But, despite the unexpected ebb and flow of life, like the turbulent currents that could meet the little red boat, we can steady ourselves, as symbolised by the red ropes on either ends of the boat, so that we are supported to travel through life and beyond a crowded or challenging space .
Created on a copper plate and printed on Hahnemuhle paper, this beautiful etching has won a printmaking prize in Newcastle, and was also a finalist in the Burnie Printmaking Art Prize in Tasmania.