In summer 2016, I journeyed to Antarctica on the ship "Spirit of Enderby". This series of paintings is based on man-made structures around the Ross Sea, one of the few places where it is possible to land on the Antarctic. It was the starting point for many historical expeditions including those led by Scott and Shackleton and some original huts and their contents have been conserved. Today it is also the site of research bases belonging to a number of different countries.
One feels transient and insignificant by the sheer scale and hostility of the place. Visually it is stunning and the snow is like a canvas onto which the weather projects different moods. Changes in weather are rapid. When the sun shines, the atmosphere is so clear that the colours are intense and everything is flattened as in Japanese wood blocks. But as the cloud races in everything darkens, greys and becomes threatening.
The images are based on historic buildings and those from America's McMurdo Station and New Zealand's Scott Base. Looming over the landscape is the active volcano Mt Erebus and it is incorporated into works much as Japanese artists use Mt Fuji.