Monday, 7 October 2013

ships that pass in the night

This was a tough challenge for me, because my horror sensibilities tend toward the explicit rather than the subtle: scary monsters, dead bodies, blood splatter, that sort of thing. So I decided to approach it by pushing all that red stuff off to the the edges of the collage.

Background from an engraving by Gustave Doré. Ghostly figures from a video installation by Gary Hill. Border is chopped-up bits from paintings by Francis Bacon, Willem de Kooning, Emil Nolde, and Pedro F. Perez.

The title is from Longfellow: "...ships that pass in the night and speak to each other in passing ... Only a look and a voice, then darkness again and a silence."


  1. I'm lovin' this, Fi. The ghostly figures set into the Dore engraving are absolutely perfect! I also like how you made the shape slightly off-kilter and added Bacon and de Kooning at the margins (what could be more unsettling than those guys...). Great job.

  2. Very creative! Good one for this theme. Also nice moire effect when I scroll your image.