Kerala Flood 2019 (1)
Oil on canvas
40 x 30 cm
I visited Kerala, India in 2017 and fell in love with the place and people. Since then it has flooded two years in a row due to large monsoons- Kerala is used to monsoons but not on this scale so there is talk around these rains being caused by climate change.
When I saw the news reports again this August about the area I couldn’t let it go by without documenting my feelings on such a disaster for this beautiful place. I had been painting around my response to the area already and wanted to add to this from the images on TV news reports. Some of the filming made in the area during the disaster struck a chord with me as mirrored compositions of my previous paintings and although the intention and narrative is completely different, the similarities drew me to work on them.
Taking photos of the tv I used the images as a starting point for some small paintings concentration on the water surrounding palm trees and houses which were almost fully submerged in flood water. Despite the sadness of the image there held a curious beauty in the reflections and colour. I am glad to have caught the news report as I don’t look for inspiration from such things, but just happen upon them and grasp the moment.
The images were taken from BBC news report on the floods10 August 2019.
Painted on a standard canvas with neatly painted edges, unframed but strung and ready to hang.